WireXpert Dual Control System™ Increases Network Cable Certification Efficiency
The WireXpert is the only platform that offers the Dual Control System™ standard for certifying your network communication cable installation. After you install network communication cables for data centers, malls, universities, or office buildings, you are ready to certify that the installation and performance will meet global standards ensuring your customer gets the network speeds required for their application. You will not only be certifying the copper and fiber installation, but you will be troubleshooting cables, connectors, and even installation practices that have degraded network speeds.
WireXpert's Dual Control System™ means you have two identical cable certifiers, two graphical displays, for both ends of the cable, so you can certify and troubleshoot without being blind at one end of the cable.
Every time there’s a cable issue, the Dual Control System™ can reduce your troubleshooting and certification effort by 50%. Imagine that kind of efficiency on every job you do. You don’t need to settle for half of a cable certifier. Make the switch to Softing's WireXpert.
Here's a short video that shows the power of the Dual Control System™.
WireXpert List-based Testing Streamlines Your Network Cable Certification Process
Before you even lay the first cable, you’re already using Softing’s WireXpert project management tool called eXport. You open up WireXpert’s eXport software. Select Label List Generator, and type in your site name and answer some questions about your project. When you specify the number of floors, telecom rooms, racks, panels, and ports for example, the eXport project management software can create over a 1000 cable labels with just this information.
Use eXport to dump the list of cables to a csv file so they can be imported into the label making tool you’re already using. Now you are ready to affix the labels to your cables and install your cables.
eXport software not only helped you create 1000s of cable labels fast, eXport also just created 1000 List-based tests for you to run for cable certification. You now have a list of all 1000 cable labels viewable and selectable, in any order you want, on your WireXpert screen, meaning you get to select the order of the cables being tested; it’s list-based. For example, while a cable is being repaired, you can select the next test to run, in any order, and then re-visit the repaired cable later. List-based testing helps you manage projects and can double your efficiency when a test fails.
Check out the video below, and you will become familiar with how to create 1000's of cable labels, download labels to your WireXpert, use cable labels to navigate List-based Testing, run a test, view test results, all in a 4 minute video!
Did you know that the cable adapters for Softing’s WireXpert are media converters. What does this mean? And why is this important?
1) The processing power is in the WireXpert platform, not the adapter. This means that adding accessories to your WireXpert kit is more cost effective to you. It means the adapters are smaller and easier to handle. It means adapters install easier and faster, which saves you time.
2) If you need multiple adapters for copper cable jobs, fiber cable jobs, or MPO for example, Softing’s WireXpert has the adapter for you. Just pop out the current adapter, and snap in the next adapter, and you’re ready to go. By the way, another efficiency booster is that the flexible cable adapters are hot swappable.
3) And, because of this design philosophy, many times Softing has offered you new platform features, like CAT 8, without requiring you to upgrade your WireXpert platform. You only need to buy the new CAT 8 adapter that snaps onto the back of the WireXpert! That's platform longevity maximizing your investment.
Convenience Package Always Included with WireXpert
With Softing, and with every WireXpert, the convenience package is always included. The hard carrying case, hanging cleats, table top stand, shoulder strap, stylus, and everything you need to certify cables is always included as a convenience to you.
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WireXpert 4500: the world’s first cable certifier for CAT8
WireXpert provides certification in accordance with Cat.6/Cat.6A/Class EA and supports certification of fiber optic installations operating at 850/1300 nm and 1310/1550 nm. In addition, a range of measurement modules are available, for example, coax, MPO and M12-D-coded and X-coded.
Quick and Lightweight
Short measuring times and intuitive device operation delivers quick certification. WireXpert is easy to handle in the field, is light weight, and has a comfortable feel in your hand.
Make the switch to WireXpert and experience the power of the Dual Control System™.
Dual Control System™ provides full control and display on both local and remote units drastically improving your cable certification efficiency
List-based Testing allows you to create 100's of labels fast, and then select cables in any order during certification
Flexible cable adapters offers ease of use and platform longevity
Convenience Package always includes hard carrying case, shoulder strap, table top stands, hanging cleats, stylus, and everything you need to test cables
Certifier up to 2500 MHz
State-of-the-art cable certification for all standards: Class D/E/EA/F/FA, CAT 5/5e/6/6A/7/7A, CAT 8 and Class I & II from the ISO/IEC
ETL product verification for independent proof of measurement accuracy
Meets and exceeds the requirements of ISO Level VI, V, IV, IIIe and TIA Level 2G and IIIe accuracy requirements
Approved by more than 30 cable manufacturers worldwide
Supports advanced certification for fiber optic cables operating at 850/1300 nm (multimode) and 1310/1550 nm single mode
First certifier for MPO fiber optic certifications in data centers
eXport reporting software for both the WireXpert and FiberXpert
The only certifier that meets the requirements of data centers, office cabling systems, and Industrial Ethernet
There is a problem with the battery or a defect. Remove the battery and clean the contacts. Disconnect the power adapter and continue your work as usual, until the battery is completely discharged. Then fully recharge the device. If the problem persists replace the battery with a new one or with the battery of another WireXpert. If the problem still persists please contact our technical support.
Follow the steps below to use the talkset feature:
1. Connect the included talkset headphones via the jack plug to the Local and Remote units. 2. Make sure that the Local and Remote units are connected with each other and the red talkset icon is displayed in the top bar of the units. 3. Check the volume settings and that the headsets are also activated on the two units. 4. Touch the talkset icon in the top bar to connect the call. The units ring and after 3 seconds the call is picked up automatically. The talkset icon is green and a conversation is now possible. 5. To hang up touch the green talkset icon
TIP: If the icon is gray and the receiver is on-hook there is no connection between the Local and Remote units. It is not possible to make a conversation. Check the connection and insert the adapter once more.
This port currently serves to synchronize the units in AXT (Alien Crosstalk) measurements. When connecting two Local units, it is possible to coordinate the test sequence. Further features may possibly be added in future firmware versions.
By default the WireXpert comes with two adapter types to meet the requirements of Channel and Permanent Link measurements compliant for example with ISO/IEC 11801, CENELEC EN 50173-1, or EIA/TIA 568-C standards. Depending on which copper cabling you want to measure, you need the appropriate pair of adapters.
- Use the “CAT 6A Channel adapter“ with the RJ45 interface if you want to perform a Channel measurement. Please bear in mind when performing a Channel test the patch cords are part of the tested cabling and have to stay in the cabling link after the measurement! - Use the “CAT 6A Permanent Link adapter“ with the TERA interface if you want to perform a Permanent Link measurement. Please bear in mind that in a Permanent Link test the patch cords are excluded from the measurement!
A set reference is conducted to compensate for the effects of ambient conditions in the Local and Remote units. External effects, as for instance ambient temperature, can affect measurement results, therefore a reference setting of the Local and Remote units is necessary. This will ensure maximum measurement accuracy of the WireXpert. Follow these steps:
1. A set reference depends on the adapter type used. Use the included CAT 6A Channel adapter or CAT 6A Link adapter for your measurement and proceed as follows. 2. Connect a CAT 6A Channel adapter and a CAT 6A Link adapter to the Local and Remote units. It does not matter which adapter is connected to which unit. 3. Connect the Local and Remote units via one of the included Permanent Link test cords. Navigate to “TOOLS“ -> “Set Reference“ on the Local unit. 4. Start the reference setting. Wait until this procedure has been completed and an audible signal sounds, then you can continue and start your measurements.
Principally, this can be identified by the following features:
1. Broken connector latch (RJ45/TERA) 2. Opens 3. Strong blackening of the contacts or the screen 4. Broken connectors (RJ45/TERA) 5. „Contours“ of the RJ45 connectors at shield edges that are angular and sharp. 6. Highly varying measurement values
The utilization of worn-out test cords deteriorate the accuracy and reliability of a measurement! Make sure only to use intact cables. A missing latch on the RJ45 connector will reduce stability and contact pressure which also will affect test results.
TIP: Set up a reference link to verify the measurement values for reliability. In case of a variability of several dB, the device needs to be serviced (factory calibration, replacement of wear parts, etc.).
Make sure that you have selected the correct limit. The limit value of a higher Class cannot be reached with components of lower Categories and you will always get a fail result! Another reason could be that the measurement adapters have not snapped in properly. There should be a clear clicking sound when placing the adapter. Remove the adapter and insert it once more.
1. Perform an autotest or a wiremap test from the TOOLS menu. The distance to the cable fault will be displayed for a short of two or more wires and for opens. Any reverses/miswires cannot be localized.
To localize frequency-dependent faults proceed as follows:
1. Perform an autotest. 2. Select the “Locator“ option 3. Select the desired Locator that matches the failed measurement parameter. - The X-axis of the graph describes the length of the entire cabling link. - The Y-axis of the graph describes the relative amplitude of the parameter at a certain place. This allows to localize which component causes the failure of the certification. Shift the highlighted area as you wish to display the exact position.
There are different versions of “CAT8”, which are at different stages of ratification.
The US American version of CAT8 has been ratified in autumn 2016 as ANSI/TIA-568-C.2-1.
The International Standard ISO 11801 3rd edition, containing 2 “CAT8 versions” will be ratified around autumn 2017.
ISO 11801 3rd edition will contain two different “CAT8” performance classes: Class I for cabling with RJ45 connectors, based on Class EA and mostly identical with the American ANSI/TIA Cat8 and Class II which is based on cabling with non-RJ45 connectors and extends the Class FA to 2000 MHz.
Both Class I and II will support Ethernet speeds up 40GBase-T.
In addition to the above, there is a TR ISO11801-9901 since 2014 that describes cabling based on “non-RJ45” systems in support for 40GBase-T. That early version of a first standard for cabling for 40GBase-T will be superseded by the 3rd edition of ISO11801 in 2017.
You also have to differentiate between cabling standards and measurement standards for cabling. The measurements for cabling are defined in a separate set of standards.
The TIA standard 1152-A was ratified in autumn 2016. It specifies the parameters and accuracies required to certify structured cabling based on the ANSI/TIA performance categories up to Cat8. The equivalent IEC standard 61935-1 5th edition will be ratified in autumn 2017. It specifies the parameters and accuracies required to certify structured cabling based on the ISO/IEC performance classes up to Class II. It also differentiates accuracy limits for measurements up to 2000 MHz between Class I and Class II.
Both standards define how to measure cabling built from components CAT5E up to CAT8.2 and which accuracies need to be met up to 2GHz frequency range.
Currently the WireXpert is 3rd party verified by ETL up to 1GHz Level V based on the currently existing IEC61935-1 ed. 4. As soon as the 5th edition of the IEC standard 61935-1, containing accuracies up to 2GHz, will be ratified, the WireXpert Series will also be 3rd party verified up to 2GHz by ETL. That will guarantee proper accuracies for meeting the requirements from ANSI/TIA and ISO/IEC for measurements up to 2GHz.
Category 8 (ANSI/TIA) / 8.1 (ISO/IEC) connectors with RJ45 interface and Category 8.2 (ISO/IEC only) connectors with “non-RJ45” interface such as TERA, ARJ45, GG45, and MMCPRO can be used for building Structured Cabling up to 2000 MHz bandwidth. Supporting applications like 25/40GBASE-T (IEEE 802.3bq.
Resistance unbalance tests are optional tests per definition by the measurement standards (ANSI/TIA 1152-A and ISO/IEC 11801 3rd ed.) and will at some point be interesting for high power PoE applications up to 100W. At current, the IEEE organisation is in the process to define 100W PoE (IEEE 802.3bt) and the international standards organisation is working the technical report TR29125 for remote powering to support above IEEE 802.3bt. Once those standards become relevant in the field, field testing of resistance unbalance will make sense in applications where high power PoE up to 100W will be used.
It is planned that the WireXpert Series will support resistance unbalance tests.
Unfortunately, there is no IEC standard that addresses the quality of a shield other than the laboratory test for coupling attenuation. There is no IEC field testing method to test the quality of a shield in the field. There is a very basic method described in TIA to test “shield integrity”, however that method does not include any clear descriptions of what to measure nor any accuracies. In fact, the outcome of that measurement is a simple “pass” or “fail” based on the existence of a shield conductor. That can be even produced by a simple wiremapper.
A real shield integrity test according to IEC can only be done by measuring coupling attenuation of a cabling system.
Yes. At current (April 2017) The WireXpert 500 is the only 500MHz CAT6A/Class EA tester that can be upgraded to certify CAT8 and Class I & II Structured Cabling. To ensure accurate measurements, the unit needs to be returned to an authorized Softing service center for upgrade. Softing will perform the necessary upgrade steps and will also factory calibrate the unit up to 2500MHz.
In fact, this makes the WireXpert 500 the most future-proof cabling certifier on the market today. Users that do not need more than CAT6A (ANSI/TIA) or Class EA (ISO/IEC) today and are still unsure about the future of “CAT8”, can today buy a WireXpert 500 and maybe in future, whenever that capability is needed, upgrade the device to 2500MHz frequency range. This allows also to support upcoming plans for 2500MHz Structured Cabling to support possibly 100Gbit Ethernet over Twisted Pair copper cabling.
Due to the length limitations of 30m of CAT8/Class I & II channels, it is mostly a data center application where the full 100m reach of traditional LAN copper cabling is not needed.
Backbone cabling and cabling for access points could also become an interesting niche application in regular enterprise buildings. Many building backbones are less than 30 meter and many access points under the room ceiling do not need long cabling lengths. It is foreseeable that speeds of access points will in future exceed 10Gbit/s and thus will need better cabling than CAT6A.
Also certain applications for Homes might be a driver for that high speed structured cabling. Since typical length in homes are in the same range as in data centers, “CAT8” might become also a future-proof cabling alternative. Especially the aspect of keeping that cabling for long or ever in a home, the highest available performance is appreciated.
A2: Ethernet speeds:
The most commonly quoted application is 40GBase-T.
There is a relatively newer move in[MK1] IEEE to also create a 25GBase-T ethernet speed.
It turns out that 25GBase-T actually will find more supporters than 40GBase-T.
Why is that?
On one hand cost. Transceivers for 25GBase-T can be produced at lower cost than 40Gbase-T
Secondly, speed aggregation. In data centers, the next higher speed is 100Gbit/s Ethernet, typically on fiber cabling. It is simply easier to aggregate 4 x 25Gbit/s into one 100Gbit/s line that aggregating 40Gbit/s lines into 100Gbit/s lines.
Absolutely not. 40 Gbit/s strictly will require “CAT8” cabling performance up to 2000MHz. There will be a new TR ISO 11801-5 that will define migration up to 25GBit/s for installed CAT6A, CAT7 and CAT7A cabling. However, this TR will define that the installed cabling, even CAT6A/Class EA, will have to be measured again up to 1250MHz. The TR will also include very short length limitation for installed cabling.
It is also not allowed to extrapolate a measurement up to 2000MHz that had only been performed up to 500MHz.
Recertification means to post-process measurement data with a PC software to apply a different set of limits.
It is legitimate to recertify to a new standard if both old and new standard use the same physical measurement mode based on Permanent Link or Channel Link topology. For example re-certifying a CAT6A (ANSI/TIA) Permanent link measurement to ISO Class EA (ISO/IEC) Permanent Link limits is legitimate.
It is not legitimate to recertify a link that had been measured with a lower frequency range than the standard that should be used for recertification if the additional required data points are not available. It is also not legitimate to recertify to a standard that is based on a different measurement mode. For example, if the original measurement has been performed in Channel Link mode, it is not allowed to recertify to Permanent Link limits since the wrong measurement cables had been used and the measured data also is not sufficient to recalculate the measurements. In Channel Link mode, patch cables are used for testing and are included in the Length measurement value, too. In Permanent Link mode, the tester uses a special Permanent Link adaptors (test cords not included in Length measurement) with totally different electrical properties than a regular patch cable, therefore a Permanent Link test cannot be later on the PC derived from a Channel Link test.