Nobody likes to spend money replacing a tester that has proved itself to be ultra-reliable and a workhorse for Datacom Engineers the world over. That can truly be said of the Fluke DTX-1800. After 12 years in service and over 1Billion links certified worldwide the DTX maintained its position as certification tool of choice for professionals globally. A testament to it’s advanced design and Fluke Networks best in class support.
Alas, technology has moved on significantly and the replacement launched in 2013 – the Versiv DSX-5000 is proving to be a worthy successor. So what? Why would an experienced user upgrade before 30 June 2018, the date from which calibration & service support for many DTX models will no longer be available? In a word –Productivity.
Productivity gains manifest themselves in many ways in the Versiv, some of which are not immediately apparent. One of the most obvious as you would expect is processing power. This has enabled Fluke Networks to reduce testing cycle time dramatically. For example the cycle time for Cat6A Class EA link is reduced from 22s to 10s. For fibre the improvement is even more dramatic with a 4 fold reduction certifying two fibres at two wavelengths in 3 seconds! However that is just the beginning. Versiv is a completely new platform developed with a holistic view of the process, starting with network design all the way through to acceptance with a project based approach. Previous generations of testers were unable to facilitate this aspect very well. Consequently productivity was reduced due to incorrect test parameters or other set up errors causing unnecessary return visits and re-testing. Indeed research has shown that over 90% of contractors have had set up, testing & reporting issues. ProjX is a new feature that enables test parameters to be set up in advance and managed for multiple testers and locations, integrating with Linkware Live Cloud Services. With a memory capability far in excess of the DTX (12,000 CAT6A results with plots vs 250 CAT6A) and the ability to upload wirelessly, there is no need for return trips to the office.
Other productivity improvements come from simplifying use; The correct reference set up procedure for testing fibre link loss has long been a source of uncertainty and errors leading to inaccurate results or incorrect pass or fails. The Versiv CertiFiber Pro OLTS provides a simple to follow, automated wizard to ensure accurate reference setting by anyone who can follow simple instructions.
Offering new testing and certifying capabilities not previously available, driven from an intuitive touch screen menu, the Versiv modular platform looks to the future with additional test capabilities. For example the DSX-5000 is independently verified to meet the requirements for testing Class FA - Cat 7A. It is also equipped to test for DC Resistance Unbalance which can cause transmission issues where PoE is used in conjunction with applications using both pairs of a data cable such as Gigabit Ethernet.
Many large Network Infrastructure companies have already moved their fleets over to the Versiv platform. The Gold membership support offered by Fluke and managed by Networks Centre makes it even more compelling by removing the headache of having testers away for calibration or repair.