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Cable Troubleshooting:  I need suggestions re a "Recommended minimum" set of tools

Dwight Baer
Dwight Baer asked
Last Modified: 2016-03-24
Recently I've been asked to do more and more cable troubleshooting as part-time work.  I don't want to spend more money than I have to, and I'd like to purchase the tools gradually over time as justified by the work I'm getting.

Can you please recommend a minimum set of tools (and suppliers/vendors) for someone who occasionally goes to a customer's site to do trouble-shooting, including cable trouble-shooting?  I'm hoping to spend in the range of $500 altogether, not $20,000.  Am I dreaming?  For example, I've found a cable certifier at http://www.discount-low-voltage.com/Tools-Testers/Testers for $361.

1.  Crimping tool, including RJ45 cable ends - got it
2.  Cable tester - got it, but I need a better one
3.  Cable certifier
4.  Toner probe
5.  Punch down tool
6.  Battery voltage testing tool
7.  What am I missing, that would be in the category of an "essential" tool for someone in this business?

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