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Network test tool suggestions please

jopho 103 22 June 3, 2016 at 11:01 AM
I am going to wire two houses for ethernet with cat5 cable. I want something better than a cable tester. I have everything I need except for a network specific test tool. I would like to keep the price around $300 but will go higher if the tool is worth it.
Fluke MicroScanner looks nice but is expensive and I am not sure if it is worth the money.
Triplett/Byte Bros cable verifier looks interesting but I would like some opinions on its capabilities.

Any other suggestions are welcome.

Thanks!

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Just wondering why Cat5?
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Don't use Cat-5.

It you want to use Cat-5e that's ok, but Cat-6 isn't much more expensive and the spline makes it a little harder to screw up the install in my opinion.

For a house I'm not sure I see much reason for expensive test tools, just pull 2 cables to every drop for redundancy. Get 2 spools that are different colors. On the cheap you can use a computer to do some testing. Also keep your wires away from ac lines and light fixtures.
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I agree what others have said about Cat6 over Cat5e and 2 boxes.

I did this with my house here a couple of months back and pulled 2800ft (I made a post on SD if your interested).

I used a Fluke Microscanner that I borrowed from work. It has a few nice features like it can measure cable length, shows if pairs are crossed, and can tone in a few different ways. It's also built well. Now is it worth it's price? That's hard to say, it's a ton of money for what it is, but it works well. It's better then the generic ones with LED's. For me I verified and measured all 45 of my jacks so now I know my network is 100% from day 1 which is great.
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Just wondering why Cat5?
I used cat5 as a generic term. Cable is actually shielded cat6.
I would like a standalone test tool that is portable/durable.
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I used cat5 as a generic term. Cable is actually shielded cat6.
I would like a standalone test tool that is portable/durable.
As in STP Cat-6 or STP Cat-6a? Shielded is probably overkill for residential, it just slows you down.

I think you're better off running conduit that 6a at this point in a residence.
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You have to get into much more expensive testers before you can analyze gigabit/10gig performance.

Most of the testers that are less than $500 really aren't much more capable than this:
http://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=8128
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I think this would work pretty well for you 210.00

http://www.amazon.com/Ideal-Indus...B00KUF7L48
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I think this would work pretty well for you 210.00

http://www.amazon.com/Ideal-Indus...B00KUF7L48
This looks nice. I will look on the Ideal site for info. Not many details on Amazon.
Thsnks!
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Quote from LiquidRetro View Post :
I agree what others have said about Cat6 over Cat5e and 2 boxes.

I did this with my house here a couple of months back and pulled 2800ft (I made a post on SD if your interested).

I used a Fluke Microscanner that I borrowed from work. It has a few nice features like it can measure cable length, shows if pairs are crossed, and can tone in a few different ways. It's also built well. Now is it worth it's price? That's hard to say, it's a ton of money for what it is, but it works well. It's better then the generic ones with LED's. For me I verified and measured all 45 of my jacks so now I know my network is 100% from day 1 which is great.
Yeah, Fluke's are expensive. I will probably buy the Ideal tester komondor posted.
Thanks for posting. It helps to hear from someone who has actually used the tool.
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If you are just running it and leaving it unterminated, you don't need any test tools. If you are terminating both ends, all you need is a simple tool with lights that tell you if the pairs are correctly wired to one of the standard wiring patterns (A or B).

http://www.amazon.com/Tonor-RJ45-...663&sr=1-1

That more expensive tool above is nice, but the higher functions are really useless for what you need. You are not going to have any cable breaks on new cable.
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That more expensive tool above is nice, but the higher functions are really useless for what you need. You are not going to have any cable breaks on new cable.
Unless you yank on iit or pull it to hard or bend it too sharply.
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Yeah, Fluke's are expensive. I will probably buy the Ideal tester komondor posted.
Thanks for posting. It helps to hear from someone who has actually used the tool.
That one looks like it will do the job without spending too much but is a lot better than the basic tester posted just above.
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If you are just running it and leaving it unterminated, you don't need any test tools. If you are terminating both ends, all you need is a simple tool with lights that tell you if the pairs are correctly wired to one of the standard wiring patterns (A or B).

http://www.amazon.com/Tonor-RJ45-...663&sr=1-1

That more expensive tool above is nice, but the higher functions are really useless for what you need. You are not going to have any cable breaks on new cable.
I should have mentioned that one installation will be PoE for IP cameras. The Ideal VDV II pro can measure PoE voltage which is a nice feature.
I like to have good tools. I have been asked to help people with wiring problems before and a more advanced tool will make that easier for me.
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I watched a few videos on the Ideal VDV and Fluke MicroScanner. As far as I can tell, they have the same functions, but the Ideal is half the price. I will post when I get one!
Thanks!
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