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Net Chaser Ethernet Speed Certifier

Net Chaser Speed Certifier
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Attention T3 Customers:  The Net Chaser is now exclusively available through Platinum Tools and their Authorized Distributor network.

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. 

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

 

Promotions
Ethernet Speed Certification Whitepaper

 

Downloads
PDF Net Chaser Firmware
PDF Net Chaser Datasheet
PDF Net Chaser User Manual
Testimonials
Net Chaser Testimonials
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FAQs

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’s the difference between the Active Remote, Network Testing Remote, Coax Remote, and the Network ID only remotes?

Feature

Active

Remote(AR104)

Network Testing

ID Remotes

Network ID Only

Remotes

Coax ID Remotes

Speed Certification X      
Selectable ID X (1-4)      
Far End Pass/Fail X      
Wiremap/Continuity X X   X
Number ID X (1-4) X (1-8) X (1-20) X (1-20)

 

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. 

Reporting

Uploading test results using the Net Chaser is simple and versatile. You can save your test results as PDF or CSV report for documentation. Click below to see an example.

PDF Net Chaser Test Results PDF Example
.csv Net Chaser Test Results CSV Example
PDF Net Chaser Failed Test PDF Example
.csv Net Chaser Ping CSV Example
PDF Net Chaser LLDP PDF Example
PDF Net Chaser POE PDF Example
PDF Net Chaser DHCP PDF Example
PDF Net Chaser CDP PDF Example

 

Optional Accessories

Product Number Description


TT108

#1-8 Network Testing and ID Remotes


TT208

#2-8 Network Testing and ID Remotes


RK120

#1-20 ID Only Coax Remotes


RK220

#1-20 ID Only Network Remotes


AK030

Network Accessory Kit (includes (4) Network patch cables 1ft., (2) RJ45 to 8 way alligator clips, (2) F-Jack to BNC adaptor, (2) RJ45 Sacrificial cables


AR104

Net Chaser Active Remote with selectable 1-4 ID’s


TP200

TrakAll Tone & Probe


PC060

Net Chaser Protective Case


PS120

AC to DC Power Supply: 12V 2.5A inter plugs


CA014

Sacrificial Cable for extending life of modular plug


CA015

24 inch cable assembly 8-Way alligator clips to RJ45


CA016

1 ft. Network patch Cables


CP100

Hanging T3 pouch


AD004

F-Connector coupler (F81)

 

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 specified cable runs at defined 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 transmission 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-resistance faults while accurately measuring distance to faults and total cable length.

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 specified destination. The Net Chaser™ also saves test reports and exports to PC’s.

 

 

Features

  • Bit Error Rate Test (BERT), Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR), SKEW
  • BERT only test 100Mbps & 1Gbps
  • 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.
  • Active Ethernet (Link Capability & Link Status)
  • Detects PoE/PoE+ and load test for voltage drop
  • IPV4 Support
  • VLAN Discovery
  • Ping to a specific IP or URL address
  • Ping up to 10 addresses at a time
  • Link Light
  • DHCP
  • Discovers CDP and LLDP Protocols
  • Traceroute

Specifications

Length Technology Time Domain Reflectometry and Capacitance
Power U.S. Patents and Patents Pending
Wall Power Adapter:
Input 100-240VAC 50/60Hz, Output 12VDC 2.5A
DC Input Jack: 10-28VDC, 20 watts max
Battery pack - Rechargeable Li-ion rated 7.8V, 5500mAh, initial capacity Battery life - Linked @ 1Gb - 8 hours minimum

 

Output Connectors 8-Position shielded modular jack (Data)
F-coax (video)
Interfaces Micro USB, SD flash card
Battery Life Battery pack - Rechargeable Li-ion rated 7.8V, 5500mAh, initial capacity
Battery life - Linked @ 1Gb - 8 hours minimum
Active, not linked - 20 hours
Altitude Altitude 10,000 ft. (3,048 m) operating
Temperature Operating OpOperating: -10 to 60°C
Storage: -30 to 70°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

FAQs

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’s the difference between the Active Remote, Network Testing Remote, Coax Remote, and the Network ID only remotes?

Feature

Active

Remote(AR104)

Network Testing

ID Remotes

Network ID Only

Remotes

Coax ID Remotes

Speed Certification X      
Selectable ID X (1-4)      
Far End Pass/Fail X      
Wiremap/Continuity X X   X
Number ID X (1-4) X (1-8) X (1-20) X (1-20)

 

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. 

Reporting

Uploading test results using the Net Chaser is simple and versatile. You can save your test results as PDF or CSV report for documentation. Click below to see an example.

PDF Net Chaser Test Results PDF Example
.csv Net Chaser Test Results CSV Example
PDF Net Chaser Failed Test PDF Example
.csv Net Chaser Ping CSV Example
PDF Net Chaser LLDP PDF Example
PDF Net Chaser POE PDF Example
PDF Net Chaser DHCP PDF Example
PDF Net Chaser CDP PDF Example

 

Specification Sheet

 Net Chaser™ Specification Sheet PDF

 

Ordering Information

Product Number Description
Net Chaser

NC950-AR

  • 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
Net Chaser

NC950-DX

  • Net Chaser™ main unit
  • Active remote
  • Power supply (2)
  • 4 GB SD card
  • Micro USB
  • Network patch cable (4)
  • Sacrificial cable (2)
  • RJ45 to 8 way alligator clips (2)
  • F-Jack to BNC adaptor (2)
  • T3 hanging strap and clip (2)
  • T3 hanging pouch
  • T3 protective hard case

 

Optional Accessories

Product Number Description


TT108

#1-8 Network Testing and ID Remotes


TT208

#2-8 Network Testing and ID Remotes


RK120

#1-20 ID Only Coax Remotes


RK220

#1-20 ID Only Network Remotes


AK030

Network Accessory Kit (includes (4) Network patch cables 1ft., (2) RJ45 to 8 way alligator clips, (2) F-Jack to BNC adaptor, (2) RJ45 Sacrificial cables


AR104

Net Chaser Active Remote with selectable 1-4 ID’s


TP200

TrakAll Tone & Probe


PC060

Net Chaser Protective Case


PS120

AC to DC Power Supply: 12V 2.5A inter plugs


CA014

Sacrificial Cable for extending life of modular plug


CA015

24 inch cable assembly 8-Way alligator clips to RJ45


CA016

1 ft. Network patch Cables


CP100

Hanging T3 pouch


AD004

F-Connector coupler (F81)