Here’s a tester made just for security installers that might actually live up to its “all in one” claim. It lets you send pan/tilt/zoom commands to cameras and watch the image coming back, and it generates test patterns for monitor setup and identification. It also tests the twisted-pair cable which carries the control signals and decodes those signals to make sure the control console is sending them properly. And it’s a digital multimeter.
Supporting both NTSC and PAL video standards — and all the popular PTZ protocols — Ideal’s new SecuriTEST should replace five or six separate testers in an installer’s toolbag.
Of course, its $600 price puts it squarely in professional territory, but the rest of us can still drool (while we carry our over-stuffed bag).