DSX 5000 CableAnalyzer™ Copper Cable Certifiers – Unboxing: By Fluke Networks

DSX 5000 CableAnalyzer™ Copper Cable Certifiers – Unboxing: By Fluke Networks


(Adrian Young) Hello, my name is Adrian
and I work at Fluke networks. And along with my colleague today, Amanda,
we’re going to talk you through the DSX-5000 CableAnalyzer. The analyzer actually comes in two parts.
There’s a module, and then there’s the mainframe. The mainframe is part of the Versiv platform. What makes it a DSX-5000 is the module
that we put in the back. The advantage of going to a modular platform,
for instance, is if I grab over here, I can grab an OTDR module
and slide an OTDR module in and turn it into a full-blown OTDR tester. Putting the module back in is quite simple. You’ll find on the side of the instrument here
that there are a couple arrows. And what you’ll do, and I’ll get Amanda to do this. you just slide it in,
point it into the two arrows there, drop it down, push the ears down,
and you are good to go. (Amanda)
So what are these RJ45s for? (Adrian Young) So this RJ45 here
is your alien crosstalk communication channel. So if you’re doing alien crosstalk testing,
and you used our previous tester, the DTX-1800, you know that you’d have to buy separate modules.
That’s not the case with the DSX-5000. The alien crosstalk is actually built
into the tester. This other RJ45 connection here on the side
allows you to connect to our cloud service called LinkWare Live. That means you can now upload your results remotely
from wherever you are. You don’t have to take the instrument
back to the office and download them into the LinkWare PC. On the other side, there is also a USB port.
And you can put a USB WiFi dongle on there to transmit those results.
But a little bit more on that later. So looking at the instrument here,
what comes with it? Well, there’s also a remote unit as well. In addition to that,
we’ve got our permanent link adaptors and in the bag here we have our channel adaptors. (Amanda)
So which adaptors do I use? (Adrian Young) So the permanent link adaptors
are typically used by the contractor who’s certifying a cabling system
for a warranty application. That is a system which is a patch panel
to a patch panel or a patch panel to an outlet. The channel adaptors
are typically used less frequently, mostly by end users
troubleshooting cabling systems. That is, that’s a cabling system
that has the equipment cords, the patch cords in place.
So the channel test is an entire end-to-end system. Now how long do these permanent link adaptors last?
The tips are rated to typically 5,000. But, one unique thing here is,
you can actually replace these tips. So you can actually purchase additional tips
that just slide on the end here to extend the life
of these permanent link adaptors. One very important thing to remember,
in the bag, you’re going to find this little red notice that says “Stop.”
It’s really important that you register your unit online,
especially if you bought the Gold Package, which is our maintenance package,
which includes a free annual calibration. So don’t forget to register your unit. Okay, so let’s look at the instrument
in a little bit more detail. Going to move the adaptors
out of the way for this. I’m going to pass those to you.
You can place the remote adaptor. I have this little handy stand
that we use at exhibitions. Typically, you’re not going to need this
in the field because most the time,
you’re going to attach the straps here and they’re going to hang
from the jumper rings on your rack or you’re just going to put it
on your cart. So here’s our instrument here.
And we’re ready to go. One of the first things
that you’re going to want to do though to the box is check the software version.
We are constantly updating the firmware in this instrument.
And these firmware updates add additional enhancements as well as
minor bug fixes that we may have come across. So Amanda, to do that, go ahead
and tap the “Tools” icon for me from the home screen.
And just like your cell phone, you’re going to swipe up
and tap “Version Information.” So on this screen here,
you’re going to see the serial number but no calibration date.
What you’re looking at here is the serial number of the mainframe.
The module has its own serial number. So go ahead and tap “Module” for me.
So now we see the calibration date. Remember, the mainframe
is just the operating platform. The measurement system is the module itself.
The calibration is required every 12 months. And that calibration date will be stored
on your test report and can be reviewed by your customer.
And customers have been known to reject test results when the calibration
is not within that 12-month period. An enhancement to this tester is out of the box,
that calibration date doesn’t start ticking until the first time you hit the test key.
Okay, so we checked the software version and we are good to go.
So I think the next thing we’ll do is let’s do something simple like,
how do I adjust the date and time, remembering that this unit is manufactured
on the West Coast here in the United States of America.
So I’m going to cheat here. I’m going to press the “Home” key.
And then I’m going to get Amanda to tap “Tools” again for me.
And then just gently swipe up the screen. And you should be able to see “Date and Time.”
There we go. And if you’ll tap “Date and Time” for me.
it’s really important to make sure that you set the date and time.
It seems a little bit obvious. But this date and time is going to be stored
with every test report that you’ve done. If you’re in a different part of the world,
you could be off by 23, 24 hours even. So you could even have the wrong day on there.
And customers have started looking at test reports and the security logs at their buildings
to see if the results actually match up. So it’s very important to do the date and time. So that’s some of the basics
of the instrument here. What else comes with the instrument?
Let me get this bag of goodies here for you. So it’s a whole bunch of stuff in here.
There’s straps, there’s USB cords, there’s the terminators
for the alien crosstalk testing. The one thing that I want to point out
is the headset here. So this headset, when you get two of them,
will allow you to talk to the other person at the other end.
So Amanda could be 30 meters, 66 feet away, in a different closet, in a different office,
and I can actually talk to her over the cabling system that I’m testing.
On the remote unit here, you’ll see that there is a “Talk” button.
And that’s how Amanda would actually queue and talk to me.
On the tester here, there’s no “Talk” button. What you would do is you would press the button
on the headset here, and that would initiate the talk set. One other thing to remember also is,
you need to charge this unit. When it arrives, it’s probably going to have
about 35% charge in it. Now I’ve charged it fully today
just for this shoot here. We’re not allowed to ship this
from the factory fully charged. I wish we could, but we’re not allowed to.
So don’t forget to plug this in. From a 0% battery status, expect four hours
to charge it up to 100% with the instrument off. If you’ve got the instrument powered on,
it’s about six hours. So you can charge and use this instrument
at the same time. (Amanda) Now is there something that customers
might not know about this product? (Adrian Young) There’s all sorts
of funny little things about this product. But the one that always intrigues me
when I demonstrate this product is, talking about battery status again.
The battery status on this is great despite this LCD.
You’re going to get eight to ten hours of life out of this instrument.
But what about the battery status on the remote here?
If I power on the remote here, all the lights are going to come on.
And what it’s doing now is, it’s doing a self-check.
Within about eight or nine seconds, all these lights are going to go out,
the pass comes on, and then the lights that light up now
indicate the battery status of the remote unit. I think that’s a useful feature
and customers are often surprised to find out that something like that
is available in the remote unit there. So with that said, let’s set up the tester
with a category 5e Permanent Link test.

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