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With the purchase of a new home I've been pretty busy and haven't been able to spend much time on the Forums......

 

To make sense of a rats nest of Coax cables in the basement I purchased a Klein Tools VDV512-058 Coax Explorer Plus Tester -- are there any other tools/testers people have tried & would recommend to test/identify Coax and Network/Phone cables?

 

I'm also going to need to run some CAT6 which means I'll be drilling some holes within walls (so I can use a wall plate connection in the rooms)

 

My apologies if I can't respond quickly but things are pretty busy at the moment...........

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When I build my network cables I use this Monoprice tester.    http://www.monoprice.com/Product?p_id=8128.  It isn't real cheap but it has helped me make sure that everything is wired correctly and that there are no breaks in my long cable runs that I pulled through the house.  This tester can also test phone lines (if you have them) and COAX.

 

There is also a 10% discount at Monoprice right now thru 6/26.  Use code ICEDTEA

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When I worked in telecom we called it a "tone generator."  If you search that or cable finder on amazon you will get a myriad of choices.

 

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=cable+finder

 

I have one and they are great.  I like it because you can search for anything.  CAT 5, 6, 3. Coax, telephone, anything with a wire because it has the two clips you can use.  I make a coax cable that has the exposed ground and conductor and you simply snip the clips on it and inject the tone in the wall. Then use the wand to go find it.

 

A CAT 5 cable stripper is a must too.

 

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=cat+5+cable+stripper&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Acat+5+cable+stripper

 

I also have a coax stripper and crimper. 

 

https://www.amazon.com/RCA-Coaxial-Cable-Stripper-RG59/dp/B005GRWOW4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1466870522&sr=8-1&keywords=coax+stripper

 

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=coax+crimper

 

A good pair of telecom scissors is a must as well.  If you are doing CAT5 crimps they make it easy to snip the copper to length as well as snip the pull cord off.

https://www.amazon.com/Klein-Tools-46037-Splicers-2-Inches/dp/B0006M6Y5W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1466870613&sr=8-1&keywords=cat+5+scissors

You can get the scissors at any Lowe's or Home Depot. Much cheaper.  Although, I do love the big knife that comes with this kit.

 

Love tools!

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I have an extra set of tools if you would like to borrow them.  These are professional grade tone testers, crimpers, etc.  Your to borrow for the UPS cost.

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A good pair of telecom scissors is a must as well.

Those bring back memories. When I got mine at the Bell Labs stockroom they were just called 'scissors'. But that was a totally different universe.

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I second the tone generator/Tone and Probe. Has saved me many hours of work chasing wires

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I've been using an off-the-shelf tester from Home Depot for a few years and though it works, it's a hassle to chase down cables when they're in a huge bundle. I think it's time I invest in a tone based tested myself.

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