testing Network drop

Posted on 2005-04-07
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
I have a network drop (RJ45 on the wall) which is not working, I would like to trace it so that I can find the corresponding cable that goes to the switch.

I have Tempo  77HP tracer2 and Tempo 200EP Inductive amplifier,  they call the fox and hound.

I would like to know if I those tools would help me trace the cable.

Question by:Chuckbuchan
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    Yes.  Put your tracer 2 into the RJ-45 and turn on the tones.  Check with the 200EP when you turn it on to make sure it is picking up tone when you put it on the jack.  Once you know you are getting tones, then go to where your switch or patch panel is and run your 200EP along the cables until you get the one with the strongest tone.  That's your cable.

    Author Comment

    it doesn't pick up the tone from rj45 on the wall when I plugged he tracer2
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    this will sound stupid, but do you get tone when you wave them next to each other?  plug the tracer2 into the wall, and see if it tones when you're standing right there pointing at it with the 200.  just to make sure you have the bugger turned on correctly ...

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    As I said in my post "with the 200EP when you turn it on to make sure it is picking up tone when you put it on the jack."  These tone generators usually have a couple of switch positions.  Make sure you have good batteries in the toner and tone generator.  Test it to make sure you get tone and then troubleshoot from there as I explained.


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    I used this before , but in this case:
    as you know Tempo  77HP tracer2, has one wire that plugs on the RJ45 on the wall, and it has 02 other clip-wires red/black. the tone from the red/black exists, but there is no tone from the wire that's plugged to RJ45.  

    I use these device for phone wires and they work good.
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    Expert Comment

    If you have tried the switch in both positions, but still cannot get tone out of the RJ-45 jack, then you may have a malfunction with your toner.  You may need to get a new one or you could get an RJ-45 plug with a length of Cat 5 and use the jumpers on the red/black that work and attach to the Cat 5.  That way you would be able to use the existing Red/black that work to find your cable.

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