Network Connectivity Tester

Testing for Industrial Ethernet Installation and Maintenance

  • Network Connectivity Tester
    Network Connectivity Tester

Fluke Networks has today launched the LinkIQ Cable+Network Industrial Ethernet Tester which is designed to verify cable performance up to 10 Gb/s, and solves network connectivity problems, identifying connected switch, port and VLAN data, optionally running targeted ‘ping’ tests, and confirming the presence and capacity of available PoE. The continued rise of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) means that there is a growing need for easy-to-use tools for fast and effective troubleshooting. By combining Fluke Networks’ state-of-the-art cable measurement technology and a range of network connectivity tests, the LinkIQ-IE speeds the discovery of network failures.

Increase in industrial Ethernet use

Around 70 per cent of all newly installed factory automation nodes employ industrial Ethernet. Installation technicians must be able to verify cabling performance to ensure network performance, they also need to ensure that the user’s traffic can reach its destination. 

Simplifies troubleshooting

A large percentage of industrial Ethernet service calls result from cabling-related issues. Up to now troubleshooting industrial Ethernet problems often involved the use of complex tools such as protocol analysers or trial-and-error approaches such as running bypass cable in the hope of solving the problem. The LinkIQ-IE is designed to provide answers to key troubleshooting questions in seconds through an easy-to-use gesture-based interface, all at a price that puts it in the reach of factory maintenance teams. A new version of the LinkWare™ PC software, the industry's de facto reporting solution, is also available for the tester. This new version provides reports including the expanded network testing, allowing users to document their work.

“The LinkIQ-IE fulfils a need for data communications troubleshooting and is the ideal tool for maintenance engineers to eliminate cabling issues quickly,” says Jaap Westeneng of Endress and Hauser, instrumentation specialists for industrial automation. “It can also give you an indication of the transmission speed the cable is capable of handling, which differentiates the LinkIQ from other twisted pair testers.” 
The LinkIQ-IE simplifies the operator experience through providing a single TEST function with results automatically displayed based on what the unit is connected to. The unit provides adapters for the most common industrial Ethernet connectors simplifying connection.