Fluke Networks claims that its new cable verifier makes installing and testing cables a whole lot easier and quicker.

The ruggedised hand-held gadget, called MicroScanner2, shows the cable's length, wire map and ID, plus the distance to a break or short, in a simple graphical display on a mono LCD screen.

The device can verify and ID-tag RJ11, RJ45, and coax cables, without adapters. It also has a built-in analogue and digital tone generator compatible with Fluke's IntelliTone probes, to help identify wire pairs and cables - the company says that digital toning is immune to electrical interference, and can even be used on active networks.

In addition, the MicroScanner2 recognises and displays what types of services are available at the cable outlet being tested, for example 10/100/1000 Ethernet, analogue telephone service, or Power over Ethernet (PoE).

That should enable cabling technicians to differentiate between cabling and service problems while trouble-shooting, said Fluke user Kevin Kolinac, the owner of Communications Facilities & Design in Los Angeles.

"Seeing all test results at once saves time and improves technician accuracy, " he added. "We're installing more and more wireless access points powered by PoE. MicroScanner2 will help us verify the both the cabling and the PoE service to the AP, all at once."

The £286 cable verifier is available either on its own, or as part of a £478 test kit that also includes an IntelliTone Pro 200 probe, cable ID termination devices for RJ45 and coax, a breakout cable with eight clips for testing unterminated cable, patch cords and a carrying case.