|Manufacturer||Klein Tools, Inc.|
|Product Dimensions||17.53 x 8.13 x 3.81 cm; 508.02 Grams|
|Item Model Number||VDV501-851|
|Batteries||1 9V batteries required. (included)|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Power Source||Solar Powered|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Included Components||1 x Klein Tools VDV Scout Pro 3 Tester Kit|
|Item Weight||508 g|
Klein Tools VDV Scout Pro 3 Tester Kit
|Price:||+ $11.93 Delivery|
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- Measure cable length up to 2000 feet (610 m)
- Test for Open, Short, Miswire or Split-Pair faults
- Trace cables, wire pairs and individual conductor wires with multiple style tone generator
- Hub blink mode to identify port location on a hub or a switch
- Auto Power-off feature to conserve battery life
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Klein Tools VDV Scout Pro 3 Tester Kit is a versatile cable tester that locates and tests voice, data and video cables. Identify multiple cable runs with included location mapping remotes. This kit verifies accurate cable installations each time. Backlit display assists in reading results in lower light. LanMap and CoaxMap Location Remotes (5 each) map and ID multiple cable runs in a single step. Includes voltage warning, shield detection, auto power off, low battery indicator and a self-storing remote. Auto Power-off feature to conserve battery life (9V included).
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Very easy to use, buy it, diagnose where the cables are cut off. Get into the attic, lay new cables, problem solved! Especially a must have item if you are buying a new house
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Build/design.. Not a bad feel initially, but as another reviewer mentioned, the battery compartment is not deep enough. The only way the battery can be fitted causes it to press against the battery power lead when the cover is replaced.
Cable test... I purchased this and the cable tracer probe to help identify and locate a fault in an ethernet Cat 6a shielded S/ftp cable which wasn't resolved by reworking connections at each end. The cable test function quickly confirmed an open circuit in a line pair.
Tone Generator/Cable Tracing... Unfortunately, the tester tone generator and additional probe couldn't work to trace and locate the fault through the shielded cable or to identify the cable in a bundle! The signal was being attenuated by the shielding.
The tester allows selection over which wires to send the test signal, none of the options produce a traceable signal along the outer insulation of shielded wire. Perhaps for cable identifying, users could modify a jumper lead to connect the shield as if it was a signal wire (only for tracing cables). I'll try this later. Most of what I use is shielded, if a modified jumper lead doesn't work, it isn't suitable for the purpose and I'll return the probe.
Line length... By default the tester was set to imperial units, measuring cable lines in feet, it can be set to metres, but the resolution is only whole units ( 1mtr is more than 3'). I used line length measurement to compare wire pair lengths from each end, this revealed that lines 1&2 were 4 metres shorter than the the other pairs.... result! The fault was approx 4metres (3-5mtr) along a new line which may have been stressed (by me) during installation. Using the tester alone allowed me roughly locate and plan access to join and replace just 5mtr of cable on a 20mtr run, but only because I was able to manually trace the cable from the outlet.
POE... This tester doesn't appreciate POE, and can't test it. leads must be disconnected from the switch, hub etc before testing. A later model includes this function and has a specific port for POE testing, but I've only seen it in expensive kits.
The POE compatible unit is very similar, how about discontinuing this one?
Cable tracing- Include option to Inject the signal to the shield
Improve test signal power when sending signal through all wires (more wires produce weaker signal)
Improve cable length resolution to 1 decimal when set in metres
This tool does not fix anything but gives you the knowledge of how to fix and helps make cost-effective decisions. A must have for home or for professionals.
As others have noted, the battery door doesn't close with a battery in there (even the battery that comes with the unit). You can tape it over or something but it's just a gross design flaw.
The interface is not... obvious. Definitely read the manual, a lot of the ways you switch modes are far from clear. But, the manual spells it all out pretty well.