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Real World Certifier RWC1000K vs Net Chaser

Real World Certifier RWC1000K vs Net Chaser

To see how various network testing devices stack up, it is helpful to compare their functionality and potential limitations side-by-side. Here we compare the Real World Certifier RWC1000K against the Net Chaser by Platinum Tools.

Net ChaserReal World Certifier
Part NumberTNC950ARRWC1000K
Tests against IEEE 802abx
BER testx
Signal to noise ratiox
Skewxx
NEXTx
Active Ethernet (Link Capability & Link Status)xx
Detects PoE/PoE+, PoE Mode, and load test for voltage dropx
IPv4 Supportx
VLAN discoveryx
Discovery Protocols (CDP, LLDP,NDP)
Port Discoveryx
Ping x
DHCPx
URL entryx
Manual address entryx
Network Mappingx
Traceroutex
VoIP testx
Link Light xx
Tone Generationxx
Wiremap 2 pair copper cablingx
Detect Length to Opens & Shortsxx
Verifies Continuity (RJ45, Coax)xx
ID Remotes (ID only) Ntwk & CoaxUp to 20
Testing & ID Remotes Ntwk & TelUp to 8
Interface connectionRJ45/F connRJ45/F conn
Hanging Clipx
Kickstandx
Max Length 1,500 ft (457 m)xup to 1250’
Screen typeColor TouchNo Color
Save and export test resultsx unlimitedup to 250 tests
SD Cardx
Battery: Rechargeable Lithium-ionx 8 hrs in fieldno (9V) limited field use
LanguagesEN ,FR,ESP, DEU, ITA EN

Real World Certifier RWC1000K

  • Measures the distance to opens and short circuits, and identifies split pairs
  • Measures crosstalk and delay by injecting signal on to a cable, which verifies that the cable is within its frequency specifications
  • Can connect to a switch or hub and measure data by identifying the advertised speed of the data
  • Stores up to 250 test results
  • Network tests identify link capability of switches for 10/100/1000
  • Performs a port beacon test by flashing the LED on a switch to identify which port you are connected to
  • Can export results to Excel on select models
  • Physical monochrome style graphical display
  • Powered by a 9V battery (main unit and remote/probe)
  • Has internal memory

Platinum Tools Net Chaser

  • Cable test displays a color wiremap test result
  • Measures distance to opens and shorts on coax cable, and identifies split pairs
  • Uses actual data to stress test the cable by performing a Bit Error Rate test up to 1 Gb per second
  • Measures the Signal-to-Noise ratio and delay SKEW to ensure the reliability of  the data transmission, by using its active remote to loop the data back. Tests ensure that the cable is capable of maintaining 1 Gb of actual data
  • Displays all test results in color on one screen to quickly and easily identify cable test results
  • Stores thousands of test results and more with internal and external SD memory
  • Network tests identify link capability of switches for 10/00/1000
  • Performs a Link Light test by flashing the LED on a switch to identify which port you are connected to
  • Measures PoE, displays PoE class, and performs a load test
  • Performs DHCP test, pings IP addresses and URLs
  • Detects and displays CDP and LLDP information
  • Detects VLAN and VLAN priority
  • Traceroute discovers the number of devices (hops) a ping has before reaching its end target
  • For reporting, it creates PDF and CSV type reports on the unit without the need for additional software
  • Physical touch color screen display
  • Has 4 cell rechargeable batteries (main unit and active remote)
  • Has internal memory and external memory, with micro USB port

Comparison results

From the above, it can be seen that Net Chaser from Platinum Tools is capable of conducting a great many more kinds of network tests adding the capability to store those results. The biggest differences come in the cable testing category. The Net Chaser has an active remote to loop back the data tests (SNR, Skew and BER test). To measure any data with the RWC users must buy a GB switch to run any of these tests. Net Chaser features a vivid color display, which is not just a ‘nice to have’ feature – the clarity of your screen display is very useful working in field conditions. Finally, having the capability to perform key network tests such as detecting the presence and class of PoE make the Net Chaser the clear winner in this head-to-head comparison.

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