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The tester is a decent starter package for ethernet cable work but doesn't run from the box without jumper cables (shielded best but un-shielded will allow wire testing), if you're using this, you probably have some short patch leads. The 5 included LAN map ID plugs helped identify the connected ports at the patch panel, but these don't work with the wire test function, for which just one Test-N-Map module is included (the self store item), using just 1 of these meant lots of return trips to swap between outlets and patch panel. Additional kit of 5 costs over £100! Consider which kit to purchase if you want to use 6 modules simultaneously.
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
It's a good tool to have if you regularly work with networking equipment. I do IP camera installs and I like to use this tool because it gives me an accurate reading on my cable runs. The only dislike is that you have to manually start each cable test by pressing the appropriate button. Other more expensive models will run the test as soon as the cable is connected. This is super minor in my opinion. Once you realize it, you'll just get in the habit of starting the test manually. Like I said in the headline, it's a whole lot cheaper than the Fluke Microscanner model which is around $600.
My house is connected through 24+ ethernet connections and wireless access points. When a lightning storm same through my area, it blew out two switches that I was using. Although the switches stated they were functioning properly, I did not have a way to test them other than switching all the cables. This tool allowed me to quickly identify the problem and make the necessary changes. My network person has one that cost him more than 1k, but this product did the same thing for less than $100 and I do not have to pay a service charge for him to visit.
I made a smart decision to have my house wired with Ethernet ports, but the electrican failed to number or otherwise mark the ports. This kit makes both identifying and testing ports back to the hub quick and easy. A reasonably-priced solution to a frustrating problem!
I don't like that the PoE testing version and the one that doesn't test PoE have the same name - Scout Pro 3. Only the last digit is different (851 vs 852) The main description of each doesn't mention PoE either - it's down in the description.
I bought one for me at work, and I liked it so much I bought a second one for home. I didn't read the instructions and I figured it all out in a couple of minutes. Would be nice if they all supported POE though - only the more expensive one does
Great product, however I wish it were obvious the difference between the 851 and the 852 model. The 852 has POE testing capabilities. This one does not. I guess that’s why this one is sold so much cheaper (and without a kit and case). Anyway, for everything else, it’s GREAT. just wish I had the capability to do Poe.