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Posted on 2014-12-01
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I have never had to search down paths for cables in the past in our networking room.  I see that on the wall plate it shows numbers like 1-10 and 1-11.  I have checked many rooms and when I go to the networking patch panel for 1-10 and unplug it the computer on the corresponding end still has internet connection.  So 1-10 on the wall plate does not correspond to 1-10 on the patch panel.  This is happening on many numbers.  Did the people who installed this be wrong many times?  Very surprising.  Anyway.  How would I go about finding the cable in each of the rooms and where it is actually going into the patch panel?  What do I use for a tester and how would I hook it up?
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You just need a cable or tone generator, or sometimes just called cable toner.
http://www.amazon.com/Fluke-Networks-PRO3000-Generator-Probe/dp/B000FTADX0/ref=sr_1_10/178-6849712-0571442?ie=UTF8&qid=1417456912&sr=8-10&keywords=cable+toners

You plug the tone generator into the wall plate turn the thing on, and take the wand into the other room, hold the button in and you will hear a loud ringing noise when you come across the right wire.
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by:mkramer777
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Will the toner make a noise if I stick it in the network jack of the patch panel if there is not a cable inserted?
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So if you stick the toner into the patch panel and turn it on, if you have a wire going back to the wall plate, you will also hear it in that direction. It does not care where you plug it in, thats why it has a few connectors for patch cables, telco cables, and clampons for whatever. Hook it to one end, use the wand at the other end to hear the tone.
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