Microtest PentaScanner

Microtest PentaScanner
Manufacturer: Microtest
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Fluke/Microtest Pentascanner Cat 5 Cable Tester

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The Complete Category 5 Solution

The PentaScanner Product Family is the hand-held certification and diagnostic tool for Category 5 and ISO Class C and D links. PentaScanner products also  provide full software compliance with TIA TSB-67 requirements for measurement reporting and analysis (including TSB-67 NEXT sweep and swept Attenuation). These tools are designed to be the complete solution for professional cable installers, service providers, and network administrators. Scanners in the PentaScanner product family incorporate a graphical user interface, backlit display menus, arrow keys, on-line help and descriptive menu options that guide you quickly and easily through certifying or troubleshooting cabling systems.


  • Tests all four pairs using far end active signal injection
  • Frequency range 1.0 to 100 MHz
  • Sweep mode: Swept 1- 100 MHz using 1 MHz steps or fixed points (1, 2, 4,5, 8, 10, 16, 20, 25, 31.25, 62.5, and 100 MHz)
  • Dynamic Range: 0 - 50 dB
  • Measurement Accuracy: Calculated per TIA TSB-67 error model (see NEXT and Attenuation Specifications table)
  • Measurement resolution: 0.1 dB

Return Loss

  • Test all four pairs from both ends*
  • Frequency Range: 1.0 to 100.0 MHz
  • Measurement Range: 0 to 20.0 dB
  • Measurement resolution: 0.1 dB
    *Requires 2-Way Injector+ for simultaneous measurements from both ends


  • Impulse Noise: Detects the occurrence of narrow impulse type events exceeding an adjustable threshold of ± 0.262, 0.524, 1.0, 2.0 or 2.5 vo lts. Instantly displays up to 200 impulse noise events per second. Graphically logs and displays impulse events for up to 25 hours. Termination impedance: 200 ohms.
  • Peak to Peak Noise: Measures the peak to peak voltage of steady state noise signals. Range: 0 to 3,000 mVpp into 100 ohms. Bandwidth: 3dB from 40 kHz to 30 MHz

Wire Map

  • Uses Injector for complete mapping of wiring at both ends of the cable
  • Finds miswires, opens, shorts, split pairs
  • Includes test of shield if connected