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i have been informed that there are CAT5 and CAT6 (not fiber) cables on the market that have a feature on that helps identify the tracing of them by using a torch which passes through a beam of light so you can find the other end.

has anyone heard of this technology and what is it called?

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by:burrcm
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Haven't heard of this, the cable would have to be custom made, which would be expensive, but there are plenty of signal injectors out there which will do the job very well. One unit clipped on at the known end, and a probe / receiver which will squeal when you come close at the other end, and scream when you touch the connected conductor. Hint. The output will be magnified drastically if you connect one clip of the sender unit to a conductor in the cable and the other to a good earth.

Chris B
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by:naifyboy123
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thanks chris

do you have a url where is could take a look at one of these devices?
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by:David Wall
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There ia or was a system that you could use with patch panels that allowed you to use a dongle which lit up the socket on the coresponding patch panel.

Cany remeber what it was called but will have a hunt.

Dont know if it is still made.

David
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Have a look here - http://www.datacomtools.com/catalog/telecom-tool-kit-testum.htm or just type "cat 5 cable tracer" into Google. Heaps.

Chris B
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I believe if memory serves me correctly they were called smartpatch and used a nine wire cat 5 cable!
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by:kode99
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This is a handy tool,  it does not run a light down the wire but it will flash the hub/switch lights for you to find a connection.  

http://www.lashen.com/vendors/tempo/toners_probes.asp

If you want to just work with wires of any type a plain toner will also do fine and is about half the price,  look farther downt the page.  You can probably find them for even less in local stores.  



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by:naifyboy123
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thanks guys - it was awkward to figure out how to assign the points - i think i have done it fairly.

thanks again
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