Signal tracer / cable toner recommendations?

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My two-part signal tracer / cable toner apparently grew legs. Leastwise I
need a new one.

Any recommendations based on experiences (I can google too)? I would like
it to be general-purpose including AC, low-voltage and signal wiring and so
a flexible jack plug set/system would be desirable if actually useful in
practice.

TIA ... Marc
Marc_F_Hult
www.ECOntrol.org

Re: Signal tracer / cable toner recommendations?
Marc_F_Hult wrote:
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Microtest (now Fluke) Microscanner Pro and a Progressive (now Tempo)
200FP are the best I have found. Able to accurately tone a 1 mile 25
pair telephone cable and over 300' cat5e.

The true TDR, wiremap, PC/Hub ID, 10/100 link readout, hub/switch port
flash and optional ID kit make the Microscanner worth the additional $$$.

Re: Signal tracer / cable toner recommendations?
On Tue, 19 Dec 2006 22:57:52 -0500, Lewis Gardner

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Thanks Lewis.  I found a used-but-warranted 200FP on ebay for $35 and
bought it. As much as I'd like to have access to TDR once again, $500+ for
the Fluke Microscanner is beyond my means and need. (TDR can be used for
soil-moisture measurement as well as conventional cable-break/testing.)

... Marc
Marc_F_Hult
www.ECOntrol.org

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Heh, I thought one of mine, the pickup anyway, also "grew legs".  But a
couple of years later when at a client I'd done some work for previously I
happened to find it... right up in the ceiling (drop tiles) where I'd left
it.  Amazingly enough it still had some life left in the battery!


Re: Signal tracer / cable toner recommendations?
Speaking of lost tools, when are we going to have microchips embedded each
tool and a reader in the toolbox that complains if one's missing?



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Heh, I learned a long time ago to use a tool bag that has specific holders,
and to make sure each one was full.  That way I'd only have to look at the
set and see that everything's present.


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A long time, I fear.  I looked into microchipping dogs and it turns out
there are several completely incompatible standards in the US and Europe
that are used.  The DVD plus and minus wars, along with the BluRay and HD
DVD wars and the Beta and VHS wars tend to indicate that anything that
depends on different manufacturers agreeing to standards isn't going to
happen very quickly or easily.  But it is a nice idea!

--
Bobby G.





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