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Product Review: Fluke IntelliTone Pro 200 LAN Toner and Probe Kit

by • March 1, 2016 • Product ReviewsComments (0)929

The Fluke IntelliTone™ Pro Toners and Probes offer the powerful combination of digital and analog technologies to resolve common infrastructure problems that arise during installing, maintaining, and changing of your network. Digital and analog toning in one tool.

Today’s media networks are more diverse than ever. Most buildings have a combination of telephone, twisted-pair data, coax, and security/alarm wiring. Verifying proper routing and termination of this diverse set of cabling types requires tools optimized for different frequencies, connector types, and work environments. Until now, no single tool has combined the right technologies to operate across all copper media types, and in all environments.

IntelliTone Pro changes that by combining cutting-edge digital and analog signaling to locate and verify virtually any copper cable, regardless of application or environment. When to use digital IntelliTone Pro’s digital encoded signal should primarily be used on high-grade data cabling (Cat 5e/6/6a), and in active network environments. It operates at a high-frequency to match the higher frequency data the cable plant is designed to carry. This allows the tone to overcome competing data signals and aggressive low-frequency terminations of Ethernet switches. That means LAN cabling technicians can quickly zero in on the right cable during installations or troubleshooting.

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Digital toning is especially helpful once the cable has been located as it displays cable wire map and checks for shorts, opens and miswires. The IntelliTone Pro 200 probe has an RJ45 input port and CableMap feature, allowing it to be plugged directly into a patch panel or wall port. The benefit of this wire map test is two-fold:

  • eliminates the need for both a toner to a wire-mapper.
  • provides 100% confirmation that the right cable has been located.

The analog IntelliTone Pro’s SmartTone analog toning can be used on voice-grade cabling (Cat 3 and below), as well as coax, security/alarm, and speaker wiring. These cables are optimized for lower frequency transmissions, and therefore are more easily isolated with a low-frequency tone. It should also be used in areas with relatively low interference from electronic devices. In high-interference environments, digital may still be a better choice.

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SmartTone analog toning eliminates frustrating guesswork locating individual wire pairs during installations. The SmartTone analog signal will change ‘songs’ each time the pair under test is shorted together. This provides telecom technicians a decisive way to identify individual wire pairs before punching them down on a jack or a block, or when diagnosing voice transmission problems.

Fluke Intellitone Pro

The Fluke Intellitone Pro 200 Tester.

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