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LinkIQ™ Industrial Ethernet Cable+Network Tester

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Solves the #1 cause of Industrial Ethernet failures

LinkIQ™ enables you to:

  • Validate cable performance to support Ethernet/IP, PROFINET, EtherCAT
  • Identifies miswired and split pairs on RJ45, M12X, M12D, and M8D terminated cables
  • Identify connected switch information (Switch Name, Port Number, and VLAN)
  • Install and troubleshoot PoE devices via Switch Negotiation and PoE Load test
  • Document your work through LinkWare™ PC

Overview

Operational Technology professionals responsible for maintaining and/or managing an industrial network have a challenging job. They are on-the-spot problem-solvers and are always planning for future enhancements to seamlessly upgrade the network to higher speeds. All while continuously troubleshooting and optimizing the current infrastructure. Fluke Networks’ LinkIQ™ provides a fast and robust tool to help expertly manage the network to keep it running smoothly and efficiently. By qualifying and troubleshooting cabling - the #1 cause of Industrial Ethernet problems – LinkIQ can prevent and save hours of production downtime.

The LinkIQ™ Industrial Ethernet Cable + Network Tester verifies cable performance up to 10 Gb/s and solves network connectivity problems. Using frequency-based measurements, LinkIQ™ provides distance to fault information along with a wire map of the cable under test. The LinkIQ™ also performs nearest switch diagnostics to identify key network issues and validate switch configuration, eliminating the need of using another device. Additional features include Analog and Digital Toning, Port Blink, 802.1x authentication, Remote Office Locators, and the ability to manage results via LinkWare™ PC.

Cable Testing You Trust

The LinkIQ™ is capable of measuring lengths up to 1000 feet (305 m) and provides distance to faults such as opens, shorts, and unterminated cable. Using the Industrial Ethernet Remote Adapter allows for a complete wire map of the cable pairs which helps identify miswired and split pairs on RJ45, M12X, M12D, and M8D terminated cables. The LinkIQ™ supports EtherNet/IP, PROFINET, EtherCAT and other Industrial Ethernet protocols and qualifies the cabling bandwidth from 10BASE-T to 10GBASE-T (10 Mb/s up to 10 Gb/s). It qualifies the cabling bandwidth by taking multiple frequency-based measurements. Using IEEE-standards-based measurements ensures that tested links meet performance requirements as opposed to transmission testers which only prove that the specific test devices can communicate over the link.

How the LinkIQ™ identifies the wire map of M12X, M12D, M8D terminated cables.

How the LinkIQ™ identifies the wire map of M12X, M12D, M8D terminated cables.

Operators may set performance requirements from 10 Mb/s to 10 Gb/s for a simple pass/fail indication.

Cable test without remote attached shows length and pairing of each wire

Cable test without remote attached shows length and pairing of each wire

Cable test with remote attached shows remote ID number 5

Cable test with remote attached shows remote ID number 5, length and pairing of each wire and cable performance of up to 10 Gb/s

Cable test with remote attached shows remote ID number 1

Cable test with remote attached shows remote ID number 1, length and pairing of each wire and cable performance of up to 2.5 Gb/s but failed the test due to a user-set limit of 10 Gb/s performance.

Network Testing You Need

Along with the robust cable testing features, the LinkIQ also provides detailed information on the nearest connected switch. The LinkIQ negotiates with the switch to identify the advertised data rate (up to 10GBASE-T), half/full duplex identification, the switch name, port number, and VLAN info.

Switch port test shows port number, switch name and port VLAN along with advertised speed and duplex settings

Switch port test shows port number, switch name and port VLAN along with advertised speed and duplex settings. Scrolling down shows Power over Ethernet results.

Switch port Power over Ethernet settings shows pairs used, power and class available and results of the PoE test under load

Switch port Power over Ethernet settings shows pairs used, power and class available and results of the PoE test under load.

In-Depth PoE Testing

While Power over Ethernet makes installation of devices such as security cameras and access points simpler, a survey by the Ethernet Alliance of over 800 installers, integrators and end users found that four of five respondents experienced difficulties in integrating PoE systems. Part of this can be traced to the fact that the IEEE offers three PoE standards, the term “PoE” is not registered and there are a variety of non-standards-compliant implementations as well.

To simplify PoE installation and troubleshooting, the LinkIQ displays the pairs where power is provided, including the different power levels and pairs for dual-signature implementations. Further, the LinkIQ will actually place a load on the connection to ensure that the advertised power is actually being delivered by the switch across the cabling infrastructure.

LinkWare™ Documentation

The LinkIQ provides complete documentation for the tests it performs. Up to 1,000 results can be stored in the tester with descriptive names and recalled. Test names and numbers automatically increment as each is saved (“Annex B-1”, “Annex B-2”, “Annex B-3”, etc.) saving lots of time when testing cables in sequence.

Report data may be exported to a PC for documentation purposes. The LinkIQ uses LinkWare™ PC, Fluke Networks’ reporting software which supports a variety of testers going back 20 years and is the industry’s de facto reporting solution with tens of thousands of active users. LinkWare can be used to store the results as well as generate PDF reports.

Use LinkWare PC to generate PDF test reports

Use LinkWare PC to generate PDF test reports.

Additional Features

  • Generates Analog or Digital tones compatible with the IntelliTone™ Probe or Pro3000™ to assist in locating cables in a wall or telecommunications room
  • Blink Port light on switch to help identify the connected switch port
  • Compatible with MicroScanner™ PoE Remote Identifiers for Ethernet outlet identification
  • Touch Sensitive gesture-based display
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion battery
  • Easy Feature and Network Testing Upgrades via USB-C via LinkWare™ PC
  • Charging via standard USB-C port

LinkIQ (LIQ-100) with included accessories

LinkIQ-IE (LIQ-100-IE) with accessories including M8, M12 D and M12 X adapter cables.

LinkIQ™ Feature Breakout

  1. RJ45 Port
  2. PASS/FAIL frequency-based measurement results
  3. Touch Screen Color Display
  4. Length measurement shows distance to termination, open or short
  5. Wiremap shows type and location of fault (miswires, split pairs, shorts, breaks)
  6. USB-C port for data export, software updates and charging
  7. Cable “Speedometer” provides bandwidth information up to 10G
  8. Save up to 1000 test results on the unit and export to LinkWare™ PC

Ordering Information

MODEL DESCRIPTION
LIQ-100-IE LinkIQ Cable + Network Tester with Multi-Connector Adapter with magnetic strap, RJ45 Remote-ID #1, Quick Reference Guide, USB-C to USB-A cable, Charging cable, Cat 6A patch cord, RJ45 male to RJ45 female patch cord, RJ45/M12X patch cord, RJ45/M12D patch cord, RJ45/M8D patch cord, RJ45/11 Modular Adapter, Hanging strap with Remote ID holder, and duffle bag
LIQ-KIT-IE LinkIQ Cable + Network Tester with Multi-Connector Adapter with magnetic strap, RJ45 Remote-IDs #1-7 with case, IntelliTone Probe, Quick Reference Guide, USB-C to USB-A cable, Charging cable, Cat 6A patch cord, RJ45 male to RJ45 female patch cord, RJ45/M12X patch cord, RJ45/M12D patch cord, RJ45/M8D patch cord, RJ45/11 Modular Adapter, hanging strap with Remote ID holder, and duffle bag
REMOTEID-1 Replacement ID for LinkIQ Remote ID #1
REMOTEID-KIT Remote ID Kit (IDs #2-#7) for LinkIQ and MicroScanner PoE
MS-IE-ADAPTER SET Industrial Ethernet Adapter for testing of M12X, M12D, M8D terminated cables for the MicroScanner2, MicroScanner PoE, and LinkIQ
GLD-LIQ 1 Year Gold Support for LinkIQ Cable + Network Tester and Industrial Ethernet Remote Adapter
GLD3-LIQ 3 Year Gold Support for LinkIQ Cable + Network Tester and Industrial Ethernet Remote Adapter

General Specifications

Feature Description
Languages supported in UI English (SW v1.0)
Weight 1 lbs 6 oz (624g)
Battery Type: Lithium-ion, 3.6 V, 6400 mAh;
Life: 8 hours typical;
Charge time: 4.5 hours;
Charging temperature range: 0 °C to +40 °C
Power Adapter Input: 100 to 240 VAC ±10%, 50/60Hz;
Output: 15 VDC, 2 A maximum;
Class II
Host Interface USB type C
Display 800 x 480 color capacitive multi-touch
Dimensions 8.5 in x 4.5 in
Operating Temperature 0°C to 45°C
Storage Temperature -20°C to 50°C (-4°F to 122°F)
Operating Relative Humidity 0 % to 90 %, 0°C to 35°C;
0 % to 70 %, 35°C to 45°C
Operating Altitude 4,000 m;
3,200 m with ac adapter
Vibration Random, 2 g, 5 Hz-500 Hz
Drop 1 m drop, 6 sides

Active Network Diagnostics

Feature Description
Diagnostic Protocols Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP),
Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP),
Fast Link Pulses (FLP)
Nearest Device Diagnostics,
(If available through diagnostic protocols)
Switch Name,
Port Number,
VLAN Name,
Advertised Data Rates,
Advertised Duplex
Power Over Ethernet Compatibility IEEE 802.3af/at/bt,
Hardware negotiation with signature resistance,
Software negotiation with LLDP/CDP
Power Over Ethernet Diagnostics Advertised Power Class (0-8),
Advertised Available Power,
Powered Pairs,
Diagnostics for both Single and Dual signatures
Power Over Ethernet Measurements Loaded Voltage (V),
Loaded Power (W)
Port Blink Blink the light of the connected port

Cable Test Specifications

Feature Description
Test Port Shielded 8-pin modular jack accepts 8-pin modular (RJ45) plugs
Commissioning Autotests 10GBASE-T, 5GBASE-T, 2.5GBASE-T, 1000BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 10BASE-T, Wire map Only.
Test Speed: 6 seconds for lengths < 70 m
Cable Types Balanced twisted-pair cabling;
Unshielded twisted-pair;
Screened twisted-pair;
2-pair and/or 4-pair
Wire Map-Only Tests Document wire map,
Length of each pair,
Diagnose split pairs,
User selectable T568A or T568B,
User selectable crossover settings (Straight through, Half-crossover, Full-crossover).
Test speed: 1 second for lengths < 120 m
Length (Maximum) 305 m (1000 ft)
Nominal Velocity of Propagation (NVP) User settable
Tone Generator Generates digital tones compatible with Fluke Networks IntelliTone probe.
Generates analog tones compatible with general analog probes.
Remote ID Locators Use remote ID terminations to identify up to 7 unique ports or office outlets