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TRENDnet TC-NT2 Network Cable Tester
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- Comprehensive cable tester for network professionals
- Accurately test pin configurations for various voice and data cables for length up to 300 meters (984 Ft.)
- Quickly identify faulty cables with the built-in audio tone indicator
- Verifies cable continuity, opens, shorts, and miswires
- Tests Pin Configuration of 10/100/1000Base-T, 10Base-2 (coax), RJ-11/RJ-12/RJ-45, EIA/TIA-356A/568A/568B, and Token Ring Cables
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TRENDnet’s Network Cable Tester, model TC-NT2, is a comprehensive cable tester for network professionals. It accurately checks pin configurations for Ethernet cables, USB cables, BNC cables, and patch panel ports. The TC-NT2 identifies proper, severed, short circuit, and cross connected pins for cable distances of up to 300 meters (984 ft.). All components fit into a handy travel case.
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Its not a complex device - it is a 9v batter, and an array of LEDs to show conductivity through a cable's various conductors, plus some minor logic to auto-step through the sequence of conductors so you can test two remote ends of the same run with one person.
Plug one end of cable into tester's remote port, other end of run into the remote, turn on, press the auto button, and the tester cycles through the various cat5 conductors. Go to the remote end and verify those are lighting on in sequence, and you can feel good the cable is put together right. (if they light out of order, then its not right, if some don't light its not right: except the SHIELD - which never lights on the remote).
OR plug both ends of the cable into the testor in 'loop back' and it tests it just the same.
The shield indicator never lights on the remote - not with my cables, not with the short cable that came with the unit; so I assume its not designed to light.
BNC to RJ45 adapters provided (2x) to allow using this on a 2 conductor 10base2 style network if you have that old school tech still installed.
-The transmitter is capable of testing a cable plugged into itself, or at the other end of the remote terminator.
-Better built than the VicTsing. Definitely of higher quality
-Can stop on a single wire for troubleshooting, or will continuously test all 8, one after another. VicTsing can not stop on a single wire.
-Comes with adapters for testing/toning BNC cables
-TC-TP1 has non-conductive probe tip for insulation from electrical currents
-This tester does not come with an RJ11 to alligator clip adapter, for attaching directly to wires. This becomes an issue when attempting to trace a cable that you do not intend to terminate with RJxx plug or jack. The VicTsing comes with it.
-This device is more than the VicTsing, and doesn't include the toning probe.
-This comes with a carrying case, the TC-TP1 probe does not. The VicTsing is only 2 pieces, and comes with a case that fits everything, and the two pieces attach to each other without a case.
-2.5mm headphone jack. VicTsing has standard 3.5mm. 2.5mm seriously limits your options.
-You have to flip a switch to go from speaker to headphones. Why the headset plug doesn't have this capability built in, is confusing.
-Only generates one tone type which generates no tones in the higher frequencies, which makes the tone harder to hear (at least, for some). VicTsing has two different tones, one being the standard high/low alternating frequency tone used on many other tone generators.
-No light on the TC-TP1. VicTsing has an LED.
-Must continually press the trace button on the TC-TP1. VicTsing has the option to press button, or switch on constant.
The transmitter has two completely different button styles. It really looks like it was designed in the 90's. To me, it's just weird.
for this and the TC-TP1 probe, it's almost 3 times as expensive as the VicTsing. I'm pretty sure I'll return these and get the VicTsing. It's a bit cheaper feeling, but seems to be a better fit for my needs.
I've used tone tracers before but this one seems to have escaped the development lab before it was complete. My biggest issue are the switches and connections on the sides. None of them are identified as to function/selection. The engineer that designed the mold for the plastic case should have incorporated raised lettering to denote function/position. While that may have made it language specific, a plastic label would do.
The "user's guide" (printed in 3 point type) discusses the switches and jacks on the side but offers no hints as to which side or a legend. There are some microscopic pictures on the back that hint which side the the TEL/TRACE switch is located on. That helps, but in practice doesn't seem to make a difference when you can't tell which position is TRACE.
I thought this would be a nice compliment to the TC-NT2 cable tester but, I was disappointed.