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Testing Structured Cabling

Discussion in 'Hobby Electronics' started by J, Apr 4, 2004.

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  1. J

    J Guest

    Testers for structured cabling (CAT5, etc) range from simple (order $100 Au)
    to exhaustive (order $20k Au). I'm interested in the former. However, most
    do only DC checks which won't pick split pairs. And price/claims are not a
    guide. I've seen $99 units that pick split pairs and $300 that don't!

    Short story is I wanna roll my own. But when I look at it, it's not a
    trivial problem to do a complete wiremap from one end of a cable run - even
    with a non-powered remote terminator unit. Anyone able to illuminate or
    point me to the work of others?

    I'm quite able to do the designwork myself - just looking for a jump start
    on conceptual approaches rather than re-inventing the wheel!

    TIA
     
  2. Peter

    Peter Guest

    A recent issue of Circuit Cellar magazine had an article describing a
    device that I believe may have done what you want. I'll try to dig up
    the article and let you know which issue it was.

    Peter
     
  3. Peter

    Peter Guest

    It was in issue 162, January 2004. The article was called "The
    Innovative Wire Tracker", by Robert Lacoste, and it was on page 10.

    Peter
     
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