Tester Offers Capabilities Beyond the Typical Qualifier


IDEAL's SIGNALTEK™-FO offers all of the existing capabilities of the standard SIGNALTEK Qualifier such as Gigabit Ethernet Qualification, test storage and reporting and active link testing and adds the powerful capability of fiber optic Qualification.

Traditional power meter/light source kits only measure the attenuation of fiber optic link. As Gigabit Ethernet is becoming the standard for backbone and zone fiber optic cabling, attenuation tests alone may not be enough to guarantee error-free performance.

SIGNALTEK-FO's Bit Error Rate testing adds assurance that fiber optic links can actually support high-speed data in accordance with IEEE 802.3ab Gigabit Ethernet standards.

  • Multimode and singe mode capability
  • Available in 850nm and 1300nm wavelength configurations
  • Measure cable attenuation with a dynamic range of up to 20dB
  • Guarantee link operation at 1Gbps within IEEE error tolerances
IDEAL SIGNALTEK-FO Qualification Tester Brochure

In addition to cable performance qualification, SIGNALTEK can be configured to run for several minutes or hours at time. While stress testing critical networks links, SIGNALTEK transmits hundreds of Gigabits of information across the network while looking for dropped packets. This monitoring mode allows SIGNALTEK to be used to isolate intermittent network problems that are difficult to detect. Adopting the latest generations of Gigabit Ethernet technology, IDEAL's innovation brings the best performance to this new class of affordable testers.

Features at a Glance

  • Qualify copper and fiber-optic cabling to IEEE 802.3 standards
  • Qualify short and long range cabling to a distance of up to 10km/(Multimode and Single Mode capability)
  • Perform Bit Error Rate Testing (BERT) and decibel (dB) loss measurements of optical links
  • Available in both 850nm and 1300 mn wavelengths to support virtually all LAN and campus fiber applications
  • Small Form factor Pluggable (SFP) modules are compact, light-weight, and field changeable
  • Store and print Qualification reports for copper and fiber jobs using internal memory or USB "thumb-drives"