View Full Version : Cabling help needed: testers
06-15-2007, 10:29 AM
I have a problem with a remote site. The wiring is suspect.
What kinds of tests can I run (besides a basic toner or continuity test) to verify that the inside wiring can successfully pass traffic?
06-15-2007, 01:03 PM
did the wireing work at one time? maybe you have a pair of dires crosses or a bad terminitation.
06-15-2007, 01:11 PM
get a good cable tester
06-15-2007, 06:26 PM
This is Cat-5 wiring I would assume?
If the wiring is suspect at a remote site, you can do one or all of the following:
1) Use a Fluke cable tester as GilbertsGrape has linked. You may also be able to borrow one of these or rent one (they're not cheap, but they're indispensible as you now know). That cable tester will be able to give you a certification that the cable is Cat-5 rated or not. If the cabling is bad, it will tell you why it's bad and possibly what to do to correct it.
2) Use a wiring pin-out tester like a Mod-Tap SLT3 (will require 2 people to verify what is coming out on each end). This is a lot cheaper, but not nearly as accurate and comprehensive as a Fluke, Lanscape or other Cat-5/Cat-6 cable tester.
3) Re-terminate the cabling, or re-run it.
I hope that helps you out. You don't have to go with Black Box, you can also go through Graybar, Anixter or another supplier for the tester.
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