Fluke Networks' new software simplifies cable test reports

Dec. 18, 2003
18 December 2003 Everett, WA Lightwave -- Fluke Networks recently introduced its LinkWare Stats, a new cable test analysis software option that works with LinkWare Cable Test Management Software to transform test data into graphical indicators of overall cable performance.

18 December 2003 Everett, WA Lightwave -- Fluke Networks recently introduced its LinkWare Stats, a new cable test analysis software option that works with LinkWare Cable Test Management Software to transform test data into graphical indicators of overall cable performance. At a glance, network owners can isolate ways to improve cable plant operation; project managers can verify correct completion of a cabling project; systems manufacturers can verify warranty specifications; and contractors can deliver customer friendly reports that demonstrate quality workmanship.

"Managing the test results from today's advanced cabling plants is an overwhelming task when you consider that a single Category 5e test report includes more than 400 data fields and a typical commercial install numbers in the hundreds or thousands of links," explains Amy Heidner, LinkWare product manager for Fluke Networks. "LinkWare Stats makes sense of all test results (both copper and fiber) and delivers customized reports that are easily viewed by anyone with a PC browser."

LinkWare Stats provides statistical analysis and reporting beyond page-per-link reports. It summarizes the entire cabling infrastructure and provides a complete view of performance. Each day, the results can be reviewed to make sure the job is on track and test margins are met.

Over time, LinkWare Stats makes it easy to baseline and isolate potential problems, say company representatives. For example, if NEXT margins are 5 dB, then network owners will want to investigate why a cluster of results in Building A on the second floor is showing results only 2 dB. LinkWare Stats can also provide insightful data for future designs, identifying which pairs had the worst results and at what frequencies and locations they occurred.

"LinkWare Stats not only simplifies the reporting process, but equips the user with actionable results," adds Heidner. "Imagine being handed a stack of 250 individual cable test reports versus getting a graphical analysis of cable performance by test standard, operator, location, or tester--instantly highlighting any anomalies or inconsistencies. With LinkWare Stats, cable test results become meaningful indicators of what works and what doesn't."

LinkWare Stats is available now through selected Fluke Networks' distributors. The price is $295. A free demo version of LinkWare Stats is included with every copy of LinkWare or can be downloaded at the company's website at www.flukenetworks.com/linkwarestats.

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