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Net Prowler  |  Net Chaser 


Net Prowler

Independent Installer of A/V, Network, and Home Automation products.

"I have had the Net Prowler for almost a year now, and have nothing but praise for this device.

I am an audio/video, and network professional, installing home theaters, whole home networks, IP cameras, as well as home automation. Most of the time I am on the job alone, and I was looking for any way to speed up my installations. With the Net Prowler, I was able to reduce my overall installation time, eliminate the majority of troubleshooting, and keep myself honest when charging customers for actual (lengths of cable).

The Net Prowler uses TDR (time domain reflectometry) to calculate the length of the cable you are attempting to test. TDR transmits a pulse and converts the time interval of reflected signals to distance (or length), based on the VOP (velocity of propagation). VOP is actually a percentage of the speed of light. For the cable length to be accurate, you must have the correct % of VOP for the specific cable you are testing. The best way to calculate the correct VOP value, is to take a premeasured piece of the specific cable you will be testing. The longer the sample, the more accurate the test, but anything longer than 3 feet should suffice. I raise or lower the current value for the VOP within the device, until the cable length on the screen matches my actual measured length. You can then save and name this calibrated test with the name of the specific cable in question. See photo for an illustration.

Now I am able to run my cables, terminate them, and connect the Net Prowler to each terminated end, testing for any faults within the cable. During this same step, I also record the length of each cable installed, so that I can charge my customers an honest (cost per feet) based on actual length of cables installed, rather than my best guesstimate. I can also choose to use the numbered ID mappers during this step to match and map both ends of each cable within the network. The attached photo will show terminated Cat6 keystones, from which cable lengths were calculated by using the Net Prowler.

Additionally, by calibrating with my premeasured sample, and using the 82.5% VOP calculation, I was able to measure a leftover roll of 75ohm cable, which came back with a measurement of 79.4'. The actual measured length (with tape measure) was 80.5'. This feature alone is a total life saver. Gone are the days of blindly snaking cable runs, and finding out that you don't have enough left on your roll to complete that last run. No more wasting that last bit of cable on the roll, as you can label the length left on your used roll, and wait for an opportunity to use it on a shorter run.

Another very useful option while connecting the Net Prowler to a hub or switch, is to use the Link Light mode to identify a specific port within that specific switch. You can vary the cadence (blinking speed) of the port light, and you will be able to make the identification, by determining which port light matches the exact cadence of your Prowler (see photo for visual). This can help identify a long cable run, and figure out which port the cable is connected to.

IP camera installers will find the Net Prowler useful, especially when POE (power over Ethernet) is used. POE comes in handy, because both your power supply and your data can travel over the same Cat 6 cable between the IP camera and the POE switch. If you have multiple cameras on one POE switch, or use stranded Cat 5 cable rather than say solid copper Cat 5e or Cat 6, you may have some issues. The Net Prowler has a really useful feature, where you can connect your IP camera's network cable to your Prowler, and actually test the POE switch. The Prowler detects if either POE (max 12.95 watts) or POE+ (max 25.5 watts) is present. If either is detected, the Prowler actually tests the voltage under minimum and maximum current load, and displays the results. The sample test shown in the attached photo is identifying a POE connection with Mode A (using pins 1 and 2 for the positive voltage, and pins 3 and 6 for the negative voltage). POE has a maximum of 12.95 watts and provides 46.1 volts under minimum load, and 45.1 volts at maximum load. The fact that the voltage is displayed in red, indicate a possible low quality cable such as aluminum clad, or even a long run with a stranded cable versus a solid copper cable. The Prowler also identifies the connection status, as well as the link capability status. In this case, it is connected at 100Base-TX with a link capability of 1000Base-T.

The Net Prowler can also perform DHCP server discovery and DNS discovery. If your network switch supports LLDP (link layer discovery protocol) or CDP (Cisco discovery protocol) the Net Prowler will provide the information on the display as well. If your switch supports VLAN (virtual local area network), VLAN subtype and ID will be displayed as well.

The Net Prowler also uses Name Directory Service (NDR) to ping and identify the IP address, the MAC address, and the name of the devices on the network. This is valuable information when setting up a network or adding components to an existing network. You can see an example of what a mapped network looks like in one of the attached photos.

After using the Net Prowler on a jobsite, and returning back to the office, you can connect the device to your computer and display all of your saved test data on your computer screen, or even choose to print your test data.

Hopefully this review is somewhat helpful to showcase what a great device this is. I have been in this field for over 20 years, and it takes a lot to impress me. This device has definitely impressed me and pays for itself over time."

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Michael Rockhold
Network Admin & Security
Oxnard Union High School Dist.

I am pleased to see what the NP700 item can do in the field. I work on Cisco Systems, network, Zebra WiFI, and VAS security systems. I would recommend this product to my colleagues.

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Chris Bordin
Owner
SYSMON

What type of systems do you work on: VOIP, Layer2 and 3 networks, IP Cam/Coax security cameras and Telco(POTS)
Which T3 product have you used: Net Chaser and Net Prowler
What application did you use your T3 product on: New networks(Validate after subcontractors pulled new lines) and
troubleshooting poor network performance complaints on existing networks.
How was your experience with your T3 product: Great!
Would you refer this product to someone: Yes.

 


 

Net Chaser

Jason Spence

General Manager

www.iassist.com.au
iAssist

"I cannot express enough how pleased I am with my recent purchase of your Net Chaser product.

Our company installs and services small to large networks that use a wide range of IP Technologies. Recently we have experienced an increasing need for network certification. In Australia it is accepted that fluke produces the industry preferred solution to this problem, however we were looking for a point of difference. That competitive edge that makes us market leader.

After weeks of research into application testing over frequency testing, we purchased the Net Chaser and prompted the benefits to our clients, Real Network Speed Testing with additional, PoE testing, Voip Pass, Trace route and more. The change was noticed instantly. We started winning quotes that are in some cases 20% dearer than my competitors.

We received the Net Chaser in the morning and by that afternoon we put it to use. The local hospital had Cisco PoE handsets and they had been complaining that the handsets would intermittently stop working. We had previously spent 2 days looking for the problem. We had changed the handsets and frequency tested the cable runs without locating the fault. We disconnected the first handset and connected the Net Chaser and performed a PoE test. The problem was right there. The power was being delivered on the incorrect pair. We located a Power injector in the rear of one of the cabinets and replaced it with a PoE switch. Less than 20min to find the solution.

My technicians have absolute confidence in the Net Chaser and have suggested that we offer a 3 year warranty on the networks we install and test. Best of all the meter paid for itself within the first 2 weeks. WOW

The T3 innovative approach to the design and functionality of the Net Chaser along with great support and documentation, has impressed me so much that I am now looking at the T3 Range of products for other opportunities to give us the competitive edge.

I have since recommended the product to many other network installers located around Australia.

Once again Thank you so much."

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Randy Stowe

Director of Operations

http://phx-it.com/
Phoenix Information Technologies

"Our company consults and manages a lot of sites. While we do our fair share of cable installation we also inherit a lot of prewired facilities. Recently, while searching for a tester/certifier for Cat6 I found myself looking at Fluke and Ideal. But trying to find an all-in-one device that didn't break the piggy bank was proving to be impossible. I kept coming across the T3 Innovation's products and was a little hesitant due to the lack of information on the net. But after talking with Jason from T3 Innovation, he put my mind at rest. I ordered the Net Chaser along with a few accessories and couldn't be happier. The product arrived quickly and Jason even followed up with me personally once I registered.

The Net Chaser has excellent build quality and an intuitive touch screen. The battery in the tester itself, along with the AR104 Active Remote, holds its charge extremely well. Having the touch screen is worth its weight in gold as well, saving time going between menus and functions. We recently installed a wireless mesh network in two 70,000 square foot warehouses with cable runs that we, unfortunately, did not install. The WAPs were 40 feet off the ground, mounted to trusses, so we needed verification that not only the cabling was terminated correctly and was certified for gigabit but that POE was supplying proper voltage at the WAP side of the run. The Net Chaser identified one of the wire runs as being too long and we had the cable vendor pull a wire from another location. The Net Chaser performed admirably throughout the entire project.

The icing on the cake is the responsiveness from the manufacturer itself. They answered all of my questions and were even anxious for feedback and input on the device and its functionality. With a local team of designers and engineers they are working on not only improving the existing functionality but adding features as well. This is one of the only testers I found that wasn't being mass produced in China and rubberstamped with the company logo. The design and manufacturing facilities are all state side.

So far, I couldn't be happier with Net Chaser and the manufacturer itself. You're not going to find a better tester anywhere near this price point. I'd even put the Net Chaser up against its lofty priced competitors. As a matter of fact I've had other vendors with their more expensive hardware, looking over my shoulder and inquiring about my Net Chaser. So if you’re on the fence, buy it already. There is nothing out there that even comes close."

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Jason Fuda

Owner
Net-Works PC Repair
http://nwpcr.com

"Existing customer installation with faulty drops. We did a complete overhaul and rewire.

Excellent product with exceptional technical and customer service

We arrived onsite to do a troubleshooting site survey of a prior company's work and quickly realized that all the drops were either damaged or improperly terminated. All of which failed testing due to lack of skill and professionalism during the installation by the prior company. By using the T3 Net Chaser we were able to show our test results while onsite and provide the client a visual representation of the failures and a PDF for their records. They were beyond impressed with the tool we had brought and were quite happy once the rewire had taken place and all their problems had disappeared. The satisfaction provided us and our clients has made this tool a must on all our trouble calls."

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Dave Conrad

SystemsLogic 

While operating as an independent IT consultant for small and micro businesses, I've found the T3Innovations “Net Chaser” to be a must have device. The need to thoroughly verify the Network integrity is a breeze with the “Net Chaser”. Nothing less than a small tank of a certification tool, it even comes with robust internal battery and a nice array of power charging options. My clients are impressed!

The Active Remote makes a comprehensive end to end cable test possible. It is not just a loop-back, but part of a realistic testing environment with true end to end and bidirectional measurements. I really like the color PDF test results. Presenting these reports to my client is a true pleasure.

Reign in those undocumented and unlabeled networks that are all too common. Setup the unit with the kickstand on a convenient location, or use the velcro straps and secure the unit to a rack. Use the Remote Ids to complete the documentation process. The Color Touch Sensitive Screen really enhances the ease of use. This is a professional testing instrument designed by professionals.

“Net Chaser” is a great addition to any managed services site evaluation effort. Traditionally, we discover computers, servers, software, printers and network device details. Now, the true cabling infrastructure condition can be included in the report.

A good example of using Net Chaser, happened when a client with DIY in his veins, reported that his new Access Point would not work. He knew this because his old AP still worked fine. Net Chaser defined the day! Diagnosis found the cable in use had one open pair, and another pair crossed, not to mention the cable was 530 feet long, all while operating no better than 10mbits half duplex. I'm guessing the new AP doesn't like any of these problems, but I've a new proposal generated and accepted. Less than 20 minutes of real work. Thank you Net Chaser.

I'm ready to use the POE test on some Voip ports. Then, I've another inherited birds nest to straighten up with documentation and labeling. Oh, yes that color touch screen needs another mention. Very glad to have Net Chaser in my kit.

 

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Chris Bordin
Owner
SYSMON

What type of systems do you work on: VOIP, Layer2 and 3 networks, IP Cam/Coax security cameras and Telco(POTS)
Which T3 product have you used: Net Chaser and Net Prowler
What application did you use your T3 product on: New networks(Validate after subcontractors pulled new lines) and
troubleshooting poor network performance complaints on existing networks.
How was your experience with your T3 product: Great!
Would you refer this product to someone: Yes.

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