As part of an exclusive Comms Centre offer, we're giving you the chance to get two places on our BICSI IN250 Installer 2, Optical Fiber and BICSI TE350: Technician course for the price of one*.
These courses are part of BICSI's Cabling Installation Program where the aim is to produce highly competent cabling installers. The Cabling Installation Program has been completely revamped and now provides a career path consisting of four progressive courses and credentialing exams, allowing students to begin with basic fundamentals and build upon that knowledge.
Upon completion of training, program participants should be able to conduct site surveys and install, terminate, and test copper and optical fibre cable to the highest level of specification.
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Comms Centre's standard Terms & Conditions apply.
*Both people on the course still have to buy the exam, workbook and ITSIMM - it is just the 5-day course that is free.
All Sumitomo fusion splicers supplied by Comms Centre are delivered with a return to base, 3 year manufacturer’s warranty. To enhance this manufacturer’s warranty and make sure your fusion splicer is always functioning correctly, Comms Centre are now able to offer a 3 year service contract for Sumitomo T71 and T72 fusion splicers along with Sumitomo FC6 cleavers.
The service contract will cover 3 scheduled services approximately 12 months apart. The service will cover the following:
Your first service will be due 12 months from purchase date, each subsequent service at 12-month intervals to be agreed, the last service to be a minimum 4 weeks before the end of the warranty period.
We'll contact you approximately 4 weeks prior to the agreed service date to arrange collection and your service will be completed within 5 days after receipt and returned to the delivery address you provide us with.
Any parts found to be broken due to misuse will be highlighted to you and if required, we'll arrange for a quote and replacements to be issued for replacement from Sumitomo.
Should your splicer prove to have a fault and needs to be returned to Sumitomo for assessment, we'll contact you to make sure you're happy for us to continue. Following Sumitomo's in-depth assessments, it may be discovered that there is a requirement for chargeable work. In this instance, we'll contact you again to get these costs approved and request a PO to carry out the work. A revised expected return date for the splicer would also be quoted at this time.
In addition to all of the above, phone support is available to help identify issues that may occur on-site.
Please note, servicing doesn't cover wear & tear e.g. to decals, replacement carry straps, carry case etc. A condition report will be provided along with a list of anything that should be considered replacing.
Comms Centre standard terms and conditions apply at all times.
Our exclusive service will maximise your Fluke Networks Gold Supports: arranging calibrations, services, accessory replacements and offering technical support for all of your supported products.
You save time, stress and aggravation and get to enjoy all of the benefits without the admin.
With our Concierge Service, you don’t need to worry about when your units are due for calibration. We’ll let you know when they’re due and we’ll also arrange to have them calibrated and collected on a day that suits you.
Free repairs with all costs for collection, repair & return are included with Gold Support. In the case of a unit failure, simply contact us and we will arrange the collection and repair.
When you need a replacement accessory like a new battery or adaptor leads, we’ll organise the replacement.
Our in-house specialists will try to answer any questions you have regarding the functionality of your test equipment. If required, we'll escalate to Fluke Networks Technical Support on your behalf who are able to offer expert advice 24/7-365 days a year.
What are you waiting for?
Reach out to one of the team and let's get started.
As part of the Versiv cabling certification product family, the DSX CableAnalyzer Series copper cable certifiers provide accurate, error-free certification. In the installation business there are multiple teams, varying media types and multiple testing requirements. The DSX certifies copper cabling, complies with all standards, making jobs easier to manage, and getting to system acceptance faster. It’s not just for the expert technicians and Project Managers. Individuals of various skill levels can improve the set-up, operation, test reporting, and simultaneously manage diverse projects. Here are 5 reasons why your team needs a DSX in their tool kit.
1. Unsurpassed Testing Speed
No other tester can do so many tests so quickly. Get complete copper certification to category 6A or Class FA in just eight seconds. Only three seconds for two fibres at two wavelengths in both directions. Grade fibre end faces in about a second. SmartLoop™ performs bidirectional OTDR testing without moving the tester.
2. Cut Reporting Time
Faster reporting leads to better profits. Versiv ensures that appropriate tests are completed and tracks all the test data together. Upload results from the jobsite using Wi-Fi and save yourself costly return trips to the office. LinkWare PC will then assign those results to the correct jobs and generate easy to understand reports for your customers. Your quality workmanship will be on full display.
3. Eliminate the Call-backs that Lead to Losses
End profit-killing call-backs. Versiv pinpoints cable faults simply and quickly so your team can fix them fast. ProjX limits techs to relevant tests so they can’t choose the wrong ones. Versiv guides them through the reference setting process, eliminating “negative loss” fibre measurements. LinkWare Live, meanwhile, alerts you of unexpected tests. All this reduces errors to near-zero and makes call-backs a thing of the past.
4. Manage Complex Jobs— From Anywhere
Use Versiv’s ProjX management system to enter cable types, test limits and a job’s cable identification labels just once. Share the data across multiple testers. Change modules or jobs without re-entering details. LinkWare Live lets you set up testers without bringing them back to the office.
5. Maximize Your ROI
A recent survey of 216 contractors shows a 10% profit increase and a 66% decrease in testing and reporting problems for Versiv users. And Versiv is backed by Fluke Networks’ twenty-five years of cable testing history, which means you’re supported by training courses in fifty countries, and access to thousands of support articles and technicians with 162 years of combined cable testing experience. Keeping your projects on budget and on time, every time, wherever you are.
The MicroScanner PoE displays PoE power and class plus ethernet speed to 10G. The built-in cable tester finds common faults and can tone the cable for easy tracing.
Make sure you're aware of when we're open, our delivery dates and last order dates over the holiday period by reading our detailed information below.
Monday 23rd December: Open as usual
Tuesday 24th December 2019 - 1st January 2020: Closed
Thursday 2nd January 2020: Open as usual
All UK service collections from Comms Centre on or before the 20th December will be subject to standard delivery times.
UK service collections from Comms Centre on the 23rd December will be delivered on Tuesday 24th December but are subject to delays due to the exceptionally busy Christmas period.
For more information or if you have questions relating to International deliveries, please contact your account manager.
Last Order Dates
For guaranteed delivery before Christmas, please ask your account manager for last order dates.
Earlier this year Fluke Networks introduced the MicroScanner POE, capable of doing everything the original MicroScanner does but also adds POE testing up to the new 802.3bt 90W standard.
Do you know why the new MicroScanner POE will serve you better than the old MicroScanner? Years ago, someone came up with the idea of combining power and data communications in a twisted pair cable and Power over Ethernet (PoE) was born. In the intervening years, a huge array of devices that source and consume power and data through the same cable have been launched with more coming online all the time. The first PoE standard, 802.3af, was adopted in 2003 and sourced up to 15.4 watts of power over two pairs. Adopted in 2005, 802.3at (also known as “PoE+”) supported up to 30W. Cisco developed their “Universal PoE” UPOE using all four pairs, pushing the maximum power to 60W.
In September 2018, the IEEE approved 802.3bt, pushing the sourced power to 90W. PoE provides substantial cost, efficiency and flexibility benefits, sparking an explosion of powered devices such as cameras, access points, and displays, along with switches to support them. Unfortunately, the term “PoE” is not defined by any standard and a wide variety of standardized and somewhat-standardized implementations are available. Even more confusing, multiple standards, multiple power levels, a variety of non-standardized names such as “PoE+”, “PoE++”, and other designators are used. The result is that it’s difficult even for experts to know what devices will work together. The Ethernet Alliance launched a certification program to end this confusion.
Power levels and requirements are designated by a number from zero to eight indicating the amount (or “class”) of power sourced or required. Technicians need to simply ensure that the class number of the source is equal to or greater than the class of the powered device. When connected to a PoE switch, the MicroScanner PoE will display the maximum power class indicated by the switch, making it easy for the tech to know if the switch and device are compatible. Fluke Networks’ MicroScanner PoE was designed to solve this problem and save the tech hours of frustration. Simply plug the MicroScanner PoE into the cable, and if it’s connected to a PSE, it will display the class (0-8) of power available on the link.
The tech can then compare that to the requirements of the PD and know if the power required will be available. The MicroScanner PoE also provides a complete set of tools for the technician installing PoE and non-PoE devices. Cable wiremapping, a built-in toner, and distance-to-fault indicators can track down cabling problems quickly. When connected to a live switch port, the unit displays the speed of the port up to 10 Gbps, especially useful for troubleshooting slow access points. Cable identifiers can be used to track which cable goes where.
Watch the Fluke Networks video where they explain the benefits of the MicroScanner PoE.
In order to work on a site that is deemed a construction site, it is a MANDATORY REQUIREMENT for ALL personnel to hold an ECS card. To apply for an ECS Datacomms Specialist card the individual MUST have the following:
To obtain a Full Award within the 3667, candidates MUST attend the City & Guilds 3667 Unit 101 (Core Module) along with one or more of the other Units (104 or 102/103)
That's why we're excited to announce dates for all three of the City and Guilds 3667-02 qualification units!
Unit 101: Basic Principles of Communications Cabling (this is known as the core module) – 1 Day course
6th January 2020
9th March 2020
Unit 102/103: Fibre Optic Cabling in an internal/external Environment – 5 Day course
7th to 9th Jan
10th to 12th March
Unit 104: Copper (data) Cabling in an Internal Environment – 3 Day Course
20th to 24th Jan
16th to 20th March
For more information on any of these courses, contact one of our account managers! #cityandguilds #fibrecourse #coppercourse #datacomms
Our new Sumitomo service contracts have been designed to enhance your manufacturer’s warranty and to make sure your fusion splicer is always functioning correctly. These 3-year service contracts are the ideal expansion to your standard warranty and are available for the Sumitomo T71 and T72 fusion splicers along with Sumitomo FC6 cleavers.
To find out more about this service, download the Sumitomo Service Contract help document HERE or contact your account manager.