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#180010 - 08/08/08 08:20 PM CAT 5 TESTER HELP  
denny3992  Offline
Joined: Jan 2005
Posts: 53
orwigsburg,pa USA
Hey guys I need help..

our company installs cat 5 data for some customers from time to time and we do not have any means of testing.

I had a small tester that just checked to make sure the the jacks are paired up right but dont know what happened to it ?

any sugestions

it was an easy and inexpensive tool, plug in jack on both ends and it rang out pairs and told you if it was wired correct.---man i miss that tool

i do not need a certification tester just something simple.



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#180012 - 08/08/08 10:47 PM Re: CAT 5 TESTER HELP [Re: denny3992]  
JoeTestingEngr  Offline
Joined: Nov 2005
Posts: 791
Chicago, Il.
You might check to see if any of these will work for you.

#180021 - 08/09/08 09:04 AM Re: CAT 5 TESTER HELP [Re: JoeTestingEngr]  
classicsat  Offline
Joined: Nov 2002
Posts: 456
I have one similar to the 15036 TE from that site; a 3NC NS-468, but it tests RJ45 and RJ11, rather than RJ45+coax. You can find them listed on eBay, where I got this one as part of a kit including an RJ45 crimp tool and bunch of RJ45 plugs.

I modified mine to have a fast strobe, and added a hold button.

#180029 - 08/09/08 04:17 PM Re: CAT 5 TESTER HELP [Re: classicsat]  
EV607797  Offline
Joined: Oct 2006
Posts: 745
Fredericksburg, VA, USA
I like this one myself:

It's available through any Graybar electric branch.


"But the guy at Home Depot said it would work."

#180044 - 08/10/08 03:33 PM Re: CAT 5 TESTER HELP [Re: EV607797]  
walrus  Offline
Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 680
Bangor Me. USA
Ideal makes one, about 80 bucks or so

#180050 - 08/11/08 12:29 AM Re: CAT 5 TESTER HELP [Re: walrus]  
KJay  Offline
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Posts: 763
I have the Testo LanScaper kit for that kind of thing and really like. At a little over $400.00 though, it might be a bit more than you need.
It’s a great test kit though because it comes with 8 remotes so you can do up to do up to 8 jack ID, configuration and length tests consecutively back at the patch panel. This can really save a lot time and running around. It also has two different pin assignable tone settings for tracing wire pairs.

#180058 - 08/11/08 11:56 AM Re: CAT 5 TESTER HELP [Re: KJay]  
KJay  Offline
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Sorry, I meant Test-Um, not Testo. I should also have mentioned that Test-Um has a nice and much more affordable unit called the Resi-Tester. It has a lot of the jack ID, configuration testing and wire mapping abilities for data, USOC and coax cabling like the NT750 LanScaper I mentioned, but without all of the extra network testing functions you probably don’t need at this time.

#180061 - 08/11/08 01:48 PM Re: CAT 5 TESTER HELP [Re: KJay]  
EV607797  Offline
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Fredericksburg, VA, USA
E-Bay seems to have several of the Siemon testers listed right now and the prices seem to be right. Take a look:


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