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Siemon Expands UltraMAX Connectivity System with TurboTool

The Siemon UltraMAX Copper Connectivity System offers a wide array of outlets, patch panels, and termination tools that allow users to support their unique network deployments and installation preferences. These components combine connectivity innovation and customer-first design to address challenges, eliminate compromises, and provide a single platform that delivers efficiencies across all lifecycle stages from manufacturing and distribution to installation, maintenance, and operation.

Siemon’s latest addition to the system, the UltraMAX TurboTool, is easy to use and significantly reduces the time associated with the termination of category 5e, 6, and 6A UTP UltraMAX outlets. In contrast to a single conductor punchdown tools, which requires eight individual termination cycles for each outlet, the UltraMAX TurboTool seats and cuts all eight conductors with a single termination action.

The tool is rated for a minimum of 10,000 cycles and allows users to consistently terminate high-performance connections with reliability and speed.

Key Features

Rotatable Tool
Provides flexible cable entry enabling termination on either side of the outlet to accommodate multiple cable pathway directions and bend radius compliance.

Durable Construction
Designed with 16-gauge steel and tough, high-impact resistant plastics, this tool was built for the everyday rigors of the job site.

Ergonomic Design
The tool’s spring-loaded handle has been designed with the user in mind, providing comfortable and simple one-handed terminations

Termination Speed
Speeds up termination time by 15% over a single-position punch-down tool process. 

Safety Latch
This integrated handle allows users to easily secure the handles for storage and protection between usage

Replaceable Cutting Die
Users can easily replace the cutting die extending the lifetime of the tool for perfect terminations.

Versatile Terminations
The tool supports termination of all category 5e, 6 and 6A UTP UltraMAX outlets – hybrid, keystone, and panel mount.

Click here to learn more about the UltraMAX Copper Connectivity System and its latest developments.

New Products from NetAlly: LinkRunner AT 3000 & 4000 Network & Cable Testers

LinkRunner AT 3000

The LinkRunner AT 3000 is designed for frontline technicians who need fast and comprehensive validation of copper and fiber network links with powerful network connectivity troubleshooting. While offering the same core functions of its predecessors (the LinkRunner AT 1000 and 2000 models), the LRAT-3000 features a large touchscreen and in-depth AutoTest that provides deeper network visibility.

With tools designed to help with network changes and troubleshooting, this network tester’s quick cable test and switch identification functionality facilitates installation validation and fast problem isolation.

Test results can be automatically uploaded to the Link-Live collaboration, reporting, and analysis platform to improve teamwork between network engineers and technicians, creating greater job visibility, better project control, and improved tester fleet management. Independent management plane via wired or Wi-Fi connection (with optional adapter) allows remote operation and result uploading independent of the network under test.

Key Features

  • Comprehensive AutoTest validates and troubleshoots all aspects of network link connectivity and services including DHCP and DNS.
  • Verifies link speed/duplex for 10/100 Mbps and 1 Gbps, with detection of NBASE-T and
    Multigigabit 2.5G, 5G, and 10 Gbps links.
  • Discovers nearest connected switch name and port information via CDP/LLDP/EDP,
    including VLANs; monitors VLAN trunk traffic.
  • Validates Power over Ethernet switching and cabling up to 90W 802.3bt with
    TruePower loading.
  • Advanced twisted-pair cable tests for length, wiremap, and faults such as shorts,
    opens, mis-wires (split pairs, crossovers), fiber optic link signal strength power
    measurement and SFP diagnostics. Locate cable endpoints with optional WireView
    adapters and analog or digital tone generators.
  • Use optional USB Wi-Fi/Bluetooth adapter for connectivity and remote control.
  • Automate reporting and enable collaboration with test result uploads, management,
    and tester remote control via Link-Live analysis platform.

LinkRunner AT 4000

The LinkRunner AT 4000 is an advanced cable and network tester for Multigigabit NBASE-T and fiber Ethernet networks, including comprehensive network discovery and topology mapping with advanced diagnostics and problem detection for in-depth troubleshooting.

Using network discovery and layer 2 and 3 path analysis, the LinkRunner AT 4000 offers comprehensive network visibility to help resolve issues impacting multiple devices (not just a single link) while still providing the automated tests for moves/adds/changes validation and troubleshooting that the LinkRunner AT family of test solutions is known for.

Test results can be automatically uploaded to the Link-Live collaboration, reporting, and analysis platform to improve teamwork between network engineers and technicians, creating greater job visibility, better project control, and improved tester fleet management. Independent management plane via wired or Wi-Fi connection (with optional adapters) allows remote operation and result uploading separate from the network under test

Key Features

  • Automatically discover and instantly generate a topology map of your networks using the Link-Live reporting and analysis platform.
  • Comprehensive AutoTest validates and troubleshoots all aspects of network connectivity and
    services including DHCP and DNS, as well as response time of cloud and on-prem HTTP and FTP
    services.
  • Verifies link speed/duplex for 10/100 Mbps and 1 Gbps, with detection of NBASE-T and Multigigabit
    2.5G, 5G and 10 Gbps links.
  • Discovers nearest connected switch name and port information via CDP/LLDP/EDP, including
    VLANs; monitors VLAN trunk traffic.
  • Validates Power over Ethernet switching and cabling up to 90W 802.3bt with TruePower loading.
  • Advanced twisted-pair cable tests for length, wiremap, and faults such as shorts, opens,
    mis-wires (split pairs, crossovers), fiber optic link signal strength power measurement and SFP
    diagnostics. Locate cable endpoints with optional WireView adapters.
  • In-depth analysis tools like Path Analysis and line-rate packet capture help solve complex issues.
  • Automate reporting/documentation and enable collaboration with test result uploads,
    management, and tester remote control via Link-Live.

Fluke Networks and Silver Fox Add Integration Between LinkWare Live and Labacus Innovator

LinkWare Live is a cloud-based certification project management service from Fluke Networks that lets users manage assets and test results, set up testers and labellers, securely share project details and results, and keep track of every test on every job, including those delegated to (sub)contractors.

With over 120 million uploads to date, LinkWare Live is streamlining the cabling certification process for more contractors than ever. To make the service even more useful for industry professionals, Fluke Networks has announced integration between LinkWare Live and Labacus Innovator software, developed by Silver Fox.

UK-based Silver Fox is the leading manufacturer of cable and equipment labels, and developers of the unique Fox-in-a-Box thermal printer and Labacus Innovator software which are trusted by telecoms and engineers the world over to solve their large-scale labelling challenges.

Key Features

Cloud-Based Data Sharing
Upload test results directly from Fluke Networks testers to the cloud, minimizing manual errors. Results are automatically uploaded to LinkWare Live, providing a cloud-based repository for all your project data.

Labacus Innovator downloads data from the Linkware Live cloud, ensuring that the test data directly informs the label creation process, eliminating manual entry and potential for error.

Label Creation and Printing
Within the Labacus Innovator software, select the cable IDs and equipment properties from LinkWare Live to generate labels. The software offers a range of templates and customization options to meet specific project requirements.

Once labels are designed, they can be printed directly from the Fox-in-a-Box or a standard laser printer onto high-quality, durable labels. These labels are then ready to be applied to the corresponding cables and components, ensuring that every element is clearly marked and traceable back to its test results.

Real-Time Project Management
Monitor projects on any device, gaining immediate insight into status and progress. Integration enables direct generation of labels from test results, streamlining workflows.

Share test data and reports effortlessly, improving team collaboration. The combination with Silver Fox’s labelling solutions means consistent and accurate labels are ready for printing and application, directly from the platform.

Asset Management
Track testing devices’ calibration status and location, ensuring readiness for every job. With Silver Fox labels, manage and identify assets efficiently, maintaining organization and compliance.

Click here for more details and a free webinar all about this integration.

Click here to learn about other integrations with Fluke Networks technologies.

New Product from Wilson Electronics: Enterprise 4330

Wilson Electronics celebrates a big milestone today with the release of the Enterprise 4330, an all-in-one, future-ready solution for managing your toughest signal mitigation challenges to provide consistent connectivity wherever business takes you.

It is designed for a continuous signal in any environment and on any band or channel, and engineered to provide the highest level of confidence in system performance. It also comes equipped with WilsonPro Cloud for remote monitoring and configuration anywhere, anytime.

Key Features

eXtended Dynamic Range technology (XDR)
Continuously performs environmental scanning to detect and optimize variances in signal strength across all five bands (low band spectrum) throughout North America. Ensures gains are optimized up and down, so network overload or amplifier shutdowns are avoided.

Interface Designed for Performance
Instead of relying on a simple LED to communicate its status, the Enterprise 4330 has a fully functional touchscreen LCD display. This makes it easier to install and see how the unit is functioning to ensure peak performance.

Adaptable Use Modes
Because each environment is different, you have the option to configure each band in either wideband or channelized mode, based on signal strength.

Flex-mode configuration can be configured in both wideband and channelized modes to optimize signal strength and quality in any environment, for any carrier. In channelized mode, software defined filtering individually and dynamically optimizes specified channels on each band to the greatest signal strength authorized by the FCC.

Precise Channel Optimization
Peak network performance and total reliability across all carrier channels; continuously optimizes signal strength by scanning the macro network environment and detecting performance gaps in signal strength across each individual channel within all 5 bands (i.e. 12/17, 13, 5, 4, 25).

Click here to learn more about the Enterprise 4330.

New Product from IOGEAR: Quantum Thunderbolt 4 Mini Dock

Elevate your workstation to the next level with seamless connectivity and exceptional performance. Whether you’re a creative professional, a multitasking maestro, or a remote warrior, this docking station is your ultimate productivity companion.

The IOGEAR Quantum Thunderbolt 4 Mini Dock merges cutting-edge technology and high-quality hardware with innovative design elements. The Quantum Thunderbolt 4 Mini Dock allows users to get full capabilities from their Thunderbolt 4 laptops in a compact design. Connect up to two 4K displays and other Thunderbolt or USB-C devices.

Key Features

Dual 4K or Single 8K Monitor Support
Immerse yourself in stunning visuals and boost your productivity with crystal-clear displays; drive a single, stunning 8K@30Hz display or dual 4K@60Hz glory — all through the convenience of a single USB-C cable.

Powerful and Versatile Connectivity
Experience data transfer like never before with our blazing-fast 40 Gbps connection, shredding through files and workloads at warp speed. Plus, get the power you need with up to 86W of power delivery, keeping your laptop fueled for nonstop action.

This compact and efficient docking station is designed to cater to the high-speed connectivity requirements of modern businesses and academic settings. Our blazing 10Gbps USB-A port lets you unleash the full potential of your high-performance peripherals.

Ultimate Thunderbolt Compatibility
With Intel’s Thunderbolt 4 chipset, the dock is compatible with all Thunderbolt 4 computers including Windows and Mac OS platforms. Transform laptop into a productivity powerhouse – all through the versatile power of Thunderbolt 4.

Sleek and Compact Design
Measuring 2.8″ x 4.7″ (7.1cm x 12.1cm), streamline your workspace without sacrificing top-notch functionality.

Upgrade your setup and unlock new possibilities with the IOGEAR Quantum Thunderbolt 4 docking station. Get ready to power up your productivity like never before!

Click here to learn more.

NetAlly Updates AirMagnet Survey PRO for More Efficient Network Designs

NetAlly’s AirMagnet Survey PRO has just been enhanced with some great new features made to help improve Wi-Fi network design and planning efficiency!

So, what’s new?

AirMapper Support Improvements
This release improves support for AirMapper projects downloaded from Link-Live. Instead of having to manually import each AirMapper file into AirMagnet Survey PRO and then merging them into a single project, you will now be given the option to upload all the files to Link-Live, merge them, and then download the merged project directly into AirMagnet Survey PRO.

Periodic AutoSave in the Multi-Floor Planner
Nobody likes the idea of losing data after spending hours putting together the perfect Wi-Fi network design, so (by popular demand) they have added an AutoSave option to the Multi-Floor Planner.

Keyboard Shortcut to Refresh Heatmaps in the Multi-Floor Planner
Designing a Wi-Fi network with the Multi-Floor Planner will now be more efficient! Instead of having to move your mouse over the “Refresh” button and clicking, you will now be able to press the F5 key on your keyboard to generate or re-generate a predictive heatmap.

Quickly Zoom with Your Mouse in the Multi-Floor Planner
For more efficient Wi-Fi network designs and to make things even easier for you, they have added an option to Zoom In/Out with the mouse scroll wheel in the Multi-Floor Planner.

New Antenna Patterns
Need access to the latest Wi-Fi 6E antenna patterns? You got them! This release introduces a lot of new antenna patterns, too.

Click here to read the full release notes for v11.3 of the AirMagnet Survey PRO.

New Promotion from Fluke Networks Helps You “Do More in 2024!”

Between March 11th and June 30th, 2024, customers who spend $500 USD / $680 CAD or more will receive a free Fluke Networks bundle or tool. Select products also qualify for an additional cash rebate!

Please note: redemption of promotional items or rebates must be made within 30 days of purchase.

Visit FlukeDoMoreIn2024Promo.com for more information or to submit your rebate.

NetAlly Releases the CyberScope Air, Wi-Fi Vulnerability Scanner & Tester

The CyberScope Air from NetAlly offers unique and comprehensive network security assessment, analysis, and reporting from a single, powerful, portable tool.

With this new vulnerability scanner and tester, assessing the cybersecurity posture of wireless networks against policies, generating reports, and performing ongoing monitoring for changes has never been easier. It enables security and network operator teams to discover, validate, and scan edge infrastructure and IoT, OT, and ICS devices whether they have wi-fi or Bluetooth connectivity.

Key Features

Wireless discovery with integrated vulnerability scanning
Quickly inventory wireless infrastructure and devices, both managed and unmanaged, locate rogue assets, scan for vulnerabilities with integrated Nmap technology, and compare against baselines to determine anomalies or deviations.

Simple UI
Easy to use for all staffing levels, and collaboration features allow sharing between teams. Network discovery and vulnerability scanning can be automated, and secure remote access allows expert staff to remotely assist from anywhere if necessary.

Wi-Fi security validation
Easily validate edge infrastructure hardening, including wireless access point security. Supports 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, and 6 GHz bands, offers numerous advanced cybersecurity capabilities to test for presence or use of wireless attributes; Wi-Fi PMF/Personal/Client Isolation, mDNS/DNS-SD, and beaconing.

Link-Live collaboration, reporting, and analytics
Maximize team efficiencies, enhance assessments/audits, improve cybersecurity posture with the combination of CyberScope and Link-Live.

The CyberScope Air also contains all the wireless testing, troubleshooting, and surveying features present in the AirCheck G3 Pro, making it a comprehensive wi-fi vulnerability scanner and a wireless network performance tester in one!

In short, security practitioners and network engineers can use the CyberScope Air vulnerability scanner & tester to comprehensively gain situational awareness of their wireless edge networks.