LinkIQ™ Cable + Network Tester
Cable testing you trust. Network testing you need.
- Measure network cabling performance up to 10 Gig via frequency based measurements
- Troubleshoot active networks by providing connected switch information (Switch Name, IP Address, MAC Address, Port Number, and VLAN info)
- Test connectivity to TCP/IP network through IP configuration and ping
- Verify Gateway and DNS server responsiveness and availability
- Install and troubleshoot PoE devices via Switch Negotiation and PoE Load test. Ethernet Alliance PoE Certified for reliable multivendor interoperability.
- Graphical wiremap and length test to identify common faults that occur with cabling installation
- Document work through LinkWare™ PC reporting
- Supports Industrial Ethernet (EtherNet/IP, PROFINET, EtherCAT, and others)
- Industrial Ethernet Kit supports Industrial Connectors (M8D, M12D, M12X)
The LinkIQ™ Network+Cable Tester is designed to provide trusted cable testing along with network testing professionals need to do their jobs. LinkIQ™ validates cable performance (up to 10 Gig) using frequency-based measurements and provides distance to fault information along with a wire map of the cable under test. The LinkIQ™ also performs ping tests to verify connectivity and 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, Remote Office Locators, and the ability to manage results via LinkWare™ PC.
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 remote ID allows for a complete wire map of the cable pairs which helps identify miswired and split pairs. The primary cable testing feature of LinkIQ is the cable performance test which qualifies the cabling bandwidth from 10BASE-T to 10GBASE-T (10 Mb/s up to 10 Gb/s). It performs these tests via 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.
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 with remote attached shows remote ID number 5, length and pairing of each wire and cable performance of up to 10 Gbps.
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.
Along with the robust cable testing features, the LinkIQ also provides detailed information on the nearest connected switch and connectivity testing with IP ping. The LinkIQ negotiates with the switch to identify the advertised data rate (up to 10GBASE-T), half/full duplex identification, the switch name and IP address, port number, and VLAN info.
Switch port test shows switch name and IP address, connected port, and VLAN along with advertised speed and duplex settings. If a ping test is configured, the target address and maximum response time are shown. Scrolling down shows Power over Ethernet results
The ping test verifies connectivity to devices on the local network or the internet and supports both IPv4 and v6. The LinkIQ’s address may be set up manually or through DHCP. Once set up, the ping test is run as part of the Autotest when a switch is detected. Results of the ping test include identification and response time of each of four pings to the target, the DNS server and gateway.
Ping result screen shows response time to target for each of four pings. Scrolling down displays DHCP, DNS and gateway information.
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. The LinkIQ has been certified by the Ethernet Alliance to IEEE-802.3™ PoE standards for reliable multivendor interoperability.
Switch port Power over Ethernet settings shows pairs used, power and class available and results of the PoE test under load.
The LinkIQ provides complete documentation abilities 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 cable 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.
Like today’s smartphone, the LinkIQ is based on a gesture-based touchscreen that takes up nearly all the face of the instrument. This makes it easy to display a large amount of information and provide clear, simple controls such as sliders and a full keyboard. While the LinkIQ can perform a variety of tests, the user interface is simplified so that there is a single TEST function. The results displayed are determined solely by what is connected to the unit’s single “RJ-45” connector. A single USB-C port provides connectivity to a computer for future software updates, reporting, and charging the unit. Like other Fluke Networks products, the LinkIQ is designed and tested in our environmental lab to ensure its ruggedness including vibration, temperature, humidity, electrostatic discharge and drop tests.
- • Language support for English, German, French, Japanese, Thai, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Russian, Italian, Portuguese
- • 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
LIQ-100 includes LinkIQ mainframe and accessories.
Models & Accessories
LIQ-100 Gold Support
LinkIQ Cable+Network tester includes LinkIQ with remote ID #1, RJ45-RJ45 patch cord, AC charger, RJ45/11 universal coupler, and carrying case. See Photo
1 Year of Gold Support for one LinkIQ mainframe
3 Years of Gold Support for one LinkIQ mainframe
LIQ-100-IE Gold Support
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, Cat6A 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. See Photo
1 Year Gold Support for LinkIQ™ Cable + Network Tester and Industrial Ethernet Remote Adapter
3 Year Gold Support for LinkIQ™ Cable + Network Tester and Industrial Ethernet Remote Adapter
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, Cat6A 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. See Photo
Remote ID kit for LinkIQ and MicroScanner™ PoE
Industrial Ethernet Adapter set includes Multi-Connector Adapter, Cat6A patch cord, RJ45 male to RJ45 female patch cord , RJ45/M12X patch cord, RJ45/M12D patch cord, RJ45/M8D patch cord for testing of M12X, M12D, M8D terminated cables for the MicroScanner™2, MicroScanner™ PoE, and LinkIQ™. See Photo
Languages supported in UI
English, German, French, Japanese, Spanish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Russian, Italian, Portuguese
1 lbs 6 oz (624g)
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
Input: 100 to 240 VAC ±10%, 50/60Hz
Output: 15 VDC, 2 A maximum
USB type C
800 x 480 color capacitive multi-touch
8.5 in x 4.5 in
0°C to 45°C
-10°C to +60°C
Operating Relative Humidity
0 % to 90 %, 0°C to 35°C
0 % to 70 %, 35°C to 45°C
3,200 m with ac adapter
Random, 2 g, 5 Hz-500 Hz
1 m drop, 6 sides
Active Network Diagnostics
Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP)
Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP)
Fast Link Pulses (FLP)
Internet Control Messaging Protocol (ICMP)
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)
IP Address Setup
LinkIQ address, DNS Server, Gateway for IPv4 or v6 either manually or via DHCP.
IP Ping Test Results
Four response time results for target, DNS Server(s), Gateway, plus average and number lost
Nearest Device Diagnostics (If available through diagnostic protocols)
Switch Name / IP + MAC Address
Advertised Data Rates
Power Over Ethernet Compatibility
Ethernet Alliance Certified to 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
Diagnostics for both Single and Dual signatures
Power Over Ethernet Measurements
Loaded Voltage (V)
Loaded Power (W)
Blink the light of the connected port
Cable Test Specifications
Shielded 8-pin modular jack accepts 8-pin modular (RJ45) plugs.
10GBASE-T, 5GBASE-T, 2.5GBASE-T, 1000BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 10BASE-T, Wire map Only
Test Speed: 6 seconds for lengths < 70 m
Balanced twisted-pair cabling
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
305 m (1000 ft)
Nominal Velocity of Propagation (NVP)
Generates digital tones compatible with Fluke Networks IntelliTone probe.
Generates analogy tones compatible with general analog probes.
Remote ID Locators
Use remote ID terminations to identify up to 7 unique ports or office outlets