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Category 5 Wiring -- tone 5+ wall ports at ONE time ?

Posted on 2016-08-01
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I currently have a Category 5 Wiring toner that works good, but only TONES one wall port at a time

What multi-port toner do you recommend under $500, so I can plug 5 wall ports in at one time, go to the TELCO room, and hear each unique tone ?

Example
 ** two long beeps, then one short beep = wall port #1
 ** two short beeps, then one long beep = wall port #2
 ** etc
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by:WalkaboutTigger
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I would recommend something like the Fluke Pocket Toner NX8 Deluxe Tone & Tag Kit, which can tone/tag up to 8 cables simultaneously based upon a 3-bit coded plug-in to the far end of the cable.

The price is usually less than US$150.
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I called Fluke and they acted like the "Pocket Toner NX8 Deluxe Tone & Tag Kit" was discontinued and recommended something else

I assume the "Pocket Toner NX8 Deluxe Tone & Tag Kit" works good for you ?

If so, I will do the purchase
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I used it to do exactly what it sounds like you need done for 2 large residential installations - each greater than 30,000 square feet.  It saved a HUGE amount of time and let us know very quickly what we had and where things were.

I cannot stress enough how important it is to have at least a line-drawing floorplan and labeling the jacks at both ends.

If you can do it as part of the same project, presuming it is not already done, get an electrician in at the same time to perform electrical outlet-to-breaker mapping and put the outlets and breaker panels on your floorplan.  This tells the customer, even if that is you, which outlets are on which breakers and how much cross-room load can be connected.
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by:WalkaboutTigger
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Out of curiosity, what did the folks at Fluke recommend?
There are other, third-party products which do the same thing, but I have always liked Fluke.  In my opinion, it seems of late that their pricing has exceeded their products' value.  If the replacement product costs $500 and my tech's time cost $20/hour then the perceived value comes into play - do I spend the cost of labor for a 10-drop installation on this kind of product, or do I just have the tech run around and include this cost in each drop?
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