T3 Innovation NC950-AR Net Chaser with an Active Remote in a T3 large pouch

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Test & Speed Certify Ethernet Network Cables to 1 GB

The Net Chaser™ Ethernet Speed Certifier offers a complete solution to test and speed certify the data-carrying capabilities of Ethernet network cables up to 1 Gb/s by testing for noise in the network, detecting faults in the cable wiring, and ensuring that cables are able to support the speed capabilities of active equipment.

- Speed Certification to IEEE standards 802.3
- Cable testing to TIA568A/B

The NetChaser’s advanced discovery gives the clearest vision of network layout and interfaces between active components like servers, switches, routers, etc. All the information is collected, stored, and ready for reporting. 21st century speed certifi cation.

- Pings specific IPs or URL addresses
- DHCP
- Traceroute
- VLAN

  Cable Testing
  To certify Ethernet speed performance of cable runs, the Net Chaser™ conducts Bit Error Rate (BER) tests (using Active Remote) by sending data packets down specifi ed cable runs at defi ned data rates to check for errors at the maximum throughput of the link. The Net Chaser™ reports on signal quality that can impact high-speed data trans- mission by measuring signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Skew measurements report on the signal time delay between pairs that can impact Gigabit data transmission. Finally, the Net Chaser™ unit provides continuity testing that detects opens, shorts, miswires, split pairs, reversals, and high-re- sistance faults while accurately measuring distance to faults and total cable length.


- Measures and displays length for each pair in feet or meters
- Improperly terminated cables are clearly displayed on a color graphical wire-mapping display
- Detects Length to Opens & Shorts
- Verifies Continuity for RJ45, and Coax cables
- Saves test results and easily uploaded to a computer
- Tone Generation
- ID Only remotes (Network and Coax) - up to 20 available.
- Testing and ID Remotes - up to 8 available.

  Network Configuration and Capability Testing
  The Net Chaser™ includes a comprehensive set of features for testing active network capabilities: measure Power over Ethernet (PoE) to ensure the correct power is available on the correct pins, use Port Discovery to ensure the correct speed and duplex capability are available; connect at gigabit Ethernet and run ping tests to verify connectivity to IP hosts; discover network devices using Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP) or Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP); VLAN discovery; Traceroute function displays the path internet packets travel to reach a specifi ed destination. The Net Chaser™ also saves test reports and exports to PC’s.

- Active Ethernet (Link Capability & Link Status)
- Detects PoE/PoE+ and load test for voltage drop
- IPV4 Support (IPV6 available late 2014)
- VLAN Discovery
- Ping to a specifi c IP or URL address
- Ping up to 10 addresses at a time
- Link Light
- DHCP
- Discovers CDP and LLDP Protocols
- Traceroute

  Active Remote
- User-selectable ID #1-4
- Pass or fail indication
- Lithium-ion batteries
 
Signal Quality Testing
- Length of cable distance to Opens and Shorts
- SKEW
- Echo Testing (Return Loss) - impedance mismatches
- Signal to Noise Ratio
  » Attenuation
  » Amplitude
  » Return Loss
 
Performance and Speed Certification
- Supports IEEE 802.3 signal speed carrying specifi cations to 1 gigabit
- Test interconnect specifi cations per TI568/570
- Measures the quality of the signal through the cable against set criteria on cable data-carrying capability in real time. 100Mbit/gigabit speeds
- Real-time testing on the performance capability of the cable
   
  Physical Features
- 3.5” Color Touch Screen Display
- Compact Form Factor
- 3rd Generation Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Batteries
- Benchtop, Handheld, or Hung Up
- Uses Modular Cable Interfaces
- SD Card for Data File Transfer of Cable Tests
- Field-Upgradeable Firmware
   
  Connectors
- 8-Position shielded modular jack (Data)
- F-coax (video)

Measurement Technology Time Domain Refl ectometry & Capacitance
Power U.S. Patents and Patents Pending
Wall power voltage input Range: 10→28V, 20W Net Chaser will run with wall power down to 4V, however batteries will not charge unless input voltage is greater than 10V . Battery pack with four LIO Rechargeable Cells. Full screen brightness, dynamic test, 7.8V battery: 335mA. 0 → 100% brightness, @7.8V: 90mA Typical battery current: 185mA Low power mode (or timed out): 70mA Off mode: 420 μA board (+500uA battery pack circuitry.)
Output Connectors
8-Position shielded modular jack (Data)
F-coax (video)
Interfaces
Micro USB, SD fl ash card
Battery Life
Battery Pack, initial 5200 mA-hr (typical): Operating at cable test screen or occasional Ethernet test: 6-8 hours 185mA (assuming 65% LCD brightness) Low power: 70mA, assuming full charge of 5000mAH, 71 hours. Off: 420 μA board (+500uA battery pack circuitry.)
Altitude Altitude
10,000 ft. (3,048 m) operating
Temperature Operating:
(-10 if standard crystal) -20 to 70°C);
(-30 to 80°C)
Humidity
10 to 90% non-condensing
Enclosure  High-strength PC/ABS plastic with V0 rating with boot
Size  2.41”H x 4.18”W x 9.03”L (6.12 x 10.61 x 22.94 cm)
Weight
With batteries: 1 lb 12 oz
Warranty
1 Year

  Includes:
- Net Chaser™ main unit
- Active remote
- Power supply (2)
- 4 GB SD card
- Micro USB
- #1 Testing network remote
- Network and coax remote set: #1-5, F-Conn coupler includes foam holder
- Network patch cable (2)
- Sacrificial cable (2)
- T3 hanging strap and clip (2)
- Large T3 carrying case

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  Q. What’s the difference between the Net Chaser and T3 Innovations’ Net Prowler?
  A. The Net Chaser is a Speed Certification device that performs wiremap test, measures cable length, peforms a Bit Error Rate Test, Signal to Noise Ratio, and SKEW test to ensure that your cable will perform to it’s maximum speed rating up to 1 Gigabit per secod. The Net Prowler is designed to verify proper connectivity and distance to short. The Net Chaser and Net Prowler both have advanced active networking features. View the comparison chart here.  
   
  Q. Does the Net Chaser require annual calibration?
  A. No, the Net Chaser does not require annual calibration by the factory.  
   
  Q. What are the 1 inch RJ45 dongles in the Net Chaser Kit?
  A. These are the RJ45 sacrificial cables (CA014). They are to be plugged into the Net Chaser and the Active Remote during testing to prolong the life of the Net Chaser and Active Remote RJ45 jacks.  
   
  Q. Why does the Net Chaser display the cable length in red and fail the cable test?
  A. The Net Chaser tests to TIA568 A and B interconnect specifications. If your cable exeeds 328ft/100m, the Net Chaser will not perform the speed certification test and fail the cable length.  
   
  Q. What is a .TST file?
  A. The .tst files consist of cable tests that have been performed in each file. This file also contains cable types and capacitance values (pF/ft) created by the user.  
   
  Q. Whats is pF/ft?
  A. pF/ft stands for “Picofarad per foot”. It is the capacitance length measurement value used by the Net Chaser to measure a cable. The Net Chaser also uses TDR when a short is detected to measure the distance to the short.  
   
  Q. Whats the difference between the Link Test and Network Test menu?
  A. The Link Test menu identifies port services such as link speed (Port Discovery), PoE, and port location options such as tone generation and link light flashing. The Network Test menu network features include ping, VLAN detectionn, Traceroute, LLDP/CDP, and DHCP.  
   
  Q. Can I update the Net Chaser Firmware?
  A. Yes, just register your Net Chaser to access updates.  
   
  Q. Why can’t I get DHCP results in the Link Test or Network Test menus?
  A. There may be a few of reasons why the Net Chaser cannot obtain DHCP. Make sure that use DHCP and Use DHCP DNS are selected in the settings menu, perform a VLAN test and make sure you are not connected to a tagged VLAN port. If you still do cannot get a DHCP, check to make sure the cable is connected to an active port.  
   
  Q. Does the Net Chaser detect PoE?
  A. Yes, The Net Chaser detects PoE and PoE plus, PoE mode, and min/max voltages.  
   
  Q. How do you test an Ethernet cable via Ethernet wall plate/server/router ports?
  A. The 12inch Ethernet Patch Cable (CA016) allows you to connect to an RJ45 plug to test a shielded or non-shielded Ethernet cable.  
   
  Q. How do I test unterminated Ethernet cables?
  A. The 8-way Alligator Clip Cord Set (CA015) allows you to test unterminated Ethernet cable. This unique cord set has an RJ45 plug on one end and an alligator clip connected to each wire on the other end. This accessory allows you to make sure cables have not been damaged before you spend the time and money to terminate them.  
   
  Q. How do I extend the life of my RJ45 Jack?
  A. The Sacrificial RJ45 Cable (CA014) extends the life of the RJ45 jacks on your tester and remote(s). Plug the sacrificial cable into the tester or remote and then plug the cables to be tested into the sacrificial cables. Continue testing cables with the sacrificial cables plugged into the tester or remote(s). If the sacrificial cables become worn or damaged, simply replace them. This prevents downtime and saves money by not having to send your tester in for an RJ45 jack replacement.  
   
  Q. How do I test cables with BNC connectors?
  A. The F-jack to BNC jack allows you to easily test coax cables that have been terminated with BNC connectors.  
   
  Q. Can I purchase additional active remotes?
  A. Yes, the Net Chaser Active Remote AR104 has selectable ID's (1-4) so users can have up to 4 remotes with different ID#s.
   
  Q. What is SKEW? Does my cable have a good SKEW result?
  A. The Net Chaser measures signal delay between the pairs. This is referred to as SKEW. When Ethernet cable has excessive SKEW, networking devices may receive data packets in the wrong order, causing the network to slow down or have issues. While the IEEE802.3 specification has a maximum SKEW tolerance of 45ms, we fail at 35ms to ensure the cable’s reliability. Any measurement from 0-35ms will be reliable for Gigabit Ethernet transmission. The longer the cable is or the lesser quality cable, the SKEW measurement will increase.