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Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by tnahpele Nice tester for DIY network and CCTV installation
My home wired network has 15 devices and 5 switches, and I have cats that chew on exposed cables, so I wanted a tool that would diagnose connection problems and identify cable runs. I'm also considering installing a CCTV system, so video testing and identification would be a plus.
This Klein meter met my requirements perfectly.
Continuity testing and identification for video are both done with the CoaxMap Location ID remote - a small push-on device with a male F-connector that has an ID number that is displayed on the meter..
To test continuity for phone or data, you connect one end of the cable to the tester and the other end of the cable to the "self-storing remote". This is a small yellow box that snaps into the bottom of the meter for storage. The continuity test is comprehensive, showing the pin connection on each end as well as detecting open and shorted connections.
To identify a data cable, a LanMap Location ID remote is connected to the far end. This is a small yellow device with a RJ45 male connector and an ID number that is displayed on the meter. You can have data and video cables connected at the same time and the ID numbers displayed on the meter will alternate.
Pressing one of the function buttons (voice, video, data, tone, ID) turns it on. For the voice and data functions, it automatically turns off in 20 seconds unless you hold the function button for 3 seconds, in which case it turns "LOOP ON", which keeps the power on until the O/ID button is pressed, or it will auto-power off after 5 minutes. The battery life is approximately 425 hours.
The video F-connector at top of meter is male, with an exposed center connector that can be bent when the meter is stored. I'm going to leave the included female-to-female (barrel) adapter attached to protect it.
This kit includes 5 RJ45 male ID plugs, 5 male push-on F-connector ID plugs, and one barrel connector. A 9 volt battery is included, but not a case.
If you want to use it for a CCTV installation that uses BNC video connectors instead of F connectors, you'll need a BNC female to F-connector female adapter, which is not included.
The tone function requires an analog tone probe, which is not included. There are several options for tone generation, including frequency, pattern, and which data wires the tones are placed on.
The manual is comprehensive and nicely illustrated.
January 24, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Panaman simple to use
This cable tester will perform most of the duties anyone would need. The buttons are pretty self explanatory and the directions are pretty well documented. This tester won't measure length, if you require length measurements you will need to purchase the LT model. This model will test the cable if its its good and will also tell you which jack is at what location. The end pieces are numbered and the meter will let you know which number corresponds to what jack. The plastic case is probably not the most durable, I don't recommend dropping it. Also it didn't come with a case, but you can purchase that separately.
February 9, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by buffalobob vdv scout pro 2 tester
needed a way to test the connections i'm making for cat 6. easy to use and the graphical display is a nice touch.
November 11, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by PSHome First cable tester - acceptable
2 yrs ago I bought a house that has a massive amount of cables (coax and ethernet) running through the basement ceilings... I As a DIYer who takes pride in tidiness, this drives me nuts. Picked this up to help sort through the wires and clear some of the old, abandoned lines. Quickly identifies pin outs. I ended up picking up the Kline trace-all to help identify sevelal runs that I could not locate pin outs for.
March 26, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Sammie Professional level tool
I got this to figure out why my land line had a crackling sound in it. It took me reading the instructions several times because this is not an area I am knowledgable in but I figured it out. Found that there were 3 areas where it looks like mice had chewed on my phone line and was able to replace the line. No more crackling! Overall I will have to really study the instructions to understand how to use it for other items. This isn't my area of expertise and I think this is more geared for a professional. Was cheaper than having the phone company come into the house to check the issue, so was worth it!
February 25, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by RednexToyz Scout
Great for scouting cable runs. Good instructions. Easy to use. Durability could have been a little better. Good starter unit & fine for a DIY guy like myself who rarely needs to perform this kind of work but this will save a LOT of time when you DO need to do this work.
March 2, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by EricG Specialised tool that may be just what you need
This is a specialized tool for testing voice, data and video cables. I wish I had owned it a decade ago when I strung my former home with Ethernet and phone and video cable. Now with WiFi, and cordless phones the average homeowner may have less need for it. For professional installers a tool like this is a necessity. I got it for two projects: a remote astronomical observatory and an automated garden system.
The instruction are clear, but the most important part is to only test cables that are disconnected from the energizing source, routers, the phone network or your video system.
The tool does its job flawlessly, detecting short and open circuits and telling you where the problem is. Attaching plugs to data cables is a fiddly and error prone job and it is great to be able to catch the errors immediately. If you value your time, this is a good investment.
February 20, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by daveyhimself Great Test Kit
Lots of features. Was wondering about some lines in our home that I wanted to test but had no way without this. Definitely look up some videos to get the most out of this kit.
February 19, 2015