Technician's Tool Kits


QuickTreX® QuickTreX® "Terminator" Tool Pouch Kit
QT-Terminator-Kit
This handy tool pouch kit keeps all of the basic tools for terminating UTP, STP, & FTP cabling at easy reach. It contains a Professional RJ-45 Crimping Tool, Professional Impact “110” termination tool with blade, Wire & Kevlar Scissors, Cable Stripper, and Tool Pouch with Belt.
Terminate
MSRP:$119.25
$98.75

"Helios Basic" IT-Tech Network Toolkit by QuickTreX®
QT-TK-AHBV3
QuickTreX Electro-Tech toolkits are designed for real world professional electricians, electronic technicians, premise network and low voltage and cabling installers. Our Electro-Tech toolkits have all of the tools that you'll ever need and then some.
Terminate   Test   Install
MSRP:$589.25
$498.50

Network Administrator IT-Tech Network Toolkit – V2, LANPRO Series by QuickTreX®Network Administrator IT-Tech Network Toolkit – V2, LANPRO Series by QuickTreX®
QT-TK-NAV2.0
The "Network Administrator II" is the ultimate toolkit for anyone who is responsible for maintaining a local area network. In addition to all of the tools and testers (Etc.), the case has provisions for storing a laptop computer. Comes with comfort handles and a shoulder strap for easy carrying. Very lightweight and portable.
Terminate   Test   Trace
MSRP:$999.41
$699.58

"Kronos" IT-Tech Network Toolkit by QuickTreX®
QT-TK-TKV2
QuickTreX Electro-Tech toolkits are designed for real world professional electricians, electronic technicians, premise network and low voltage and cabling installers. Our Electro-Tech toolkits have all of the tools that you'll ever need and then some.
Terminate   Test   Trace  Install
MSRP:$1,280.84
$896.59

QuickTreX® LAN-PRO Custom Basic II Electro-Tech ToolkitQuickTreX® LAN-PRO Custom Basic II Electro-Tech Toolkit
LANPRO-B-CUST-V2
QuickTreX Electro-Tech toolkits are designed for real world professional electricians, electronic technicians, premise network and low voltage and cabling installers. Our Electro-Tech toolkits have all of the tools that you'll ever need and then some.
Terminate    Test   
MSRP:$218.08
$154.95

"Hyperion" IT-Tech Network Toolkit by QuickTreX®
QT-TK-AYV2
QuickTreX Electro-Tech toolkits are designed for real world professional electricians, electronic technicians, premise network and low voltage and cabling installers. Our Electro-Tech toolkits have all of the tools that you'll ever need and then some.
Terminate   Test   Trace  Install
MSRP:$1,001.50
$799.95

Terminator Plus II - IT-Tech Network Toolkit by QuickTreX®Terminator Plus II - IT-Tech Network Toolkit by QuickTreX®
LANPRO-TERM-PL-V2
QuickTreX Electro-Tech toolkits are designed for real world professional electricians, electronic technicians, premise network and low voltage and cabling installers. Our Electro-Tech toolkits have all of the tools that you'll ever need and then some.
Terminate    Test    Install  
MSRP:$296.88
$210.94

SOHO LAN Tool KitSOHO LAN Tool Kit
LS-210C
The SOHO LAN cabling installation toolkit is perfect for anyone who occasionally installs Cat 5 or Cat 6 network cabling. Terminate and test jacks, patch panels and plugs, etc. Comes with a durable carrying case.
MSRP:$104.98
$88.32

770-3 Telescoping 3 Stage Hand Truck Utility Cart 770-3 Telescoping 3 Stage Hand Truck Utility Cart
770-3
Capacity 400 lbs. Weight 16 lbs. Color: chrome.
Suggested for Telecom & Electrical
MSRP:$157.02
$146.03



How to Troubleshoot Wired (Cat 5, Cat 6 etc.) Network Connections

     Troubleshooting a Cat 6 (or Cat 5) Network connection from the Network Switch to the Data Outlet and/or Computer can sometimes be very frustrating even for an experienced professional. If you think of a   as a chain made up of series of links, it will help you better visualize and understand the possible points of failure. 

     Each of the links is a potential point of failure and chances are that if challenged even many experienced technicians might not be able to name them all. Before we name all of the links, we will break them down into three main categories consisting of:

 

 

 

 

 

In most cases, the trouble is typically found in the connection wiring and hardware. But don't let that throw you off, when you are troubleshooting you must exhaust all possibilities. Knowing the points will make you a better troubleshooter. Let's start from the Network Switch and name each link.

 

The Network Switch itself and its connection to data sources

The port on the front of the switch that you are connected to

The RJ-45 Jack on the front of the switch that corresponds to the port you are connected to

The Cat 6 (or Cat 5) patch cable going from the switch to the patch panel (See Note 1 below)

The RJ-45 Jack on the front of the Patch Panel

The rear 110 connection corresponding with the RJ-45 jack on the front of the Patch Panel

The Cat 6 (or Cat 5) cable going from the patch panel to the wall outlet

The RJ-45 Keystone jack at the wall outlet

The proper labeling of the correct Patch Panel Port on the Wall Outlet

The Cat 6 (or Cat 5) patch cable going from the Wall Outlet to the computer. (See Note 1 below)

The RJ-45 connector on the NIC Card

The NIC Card itself

The seating of the NIC Card into the internal connectors

The PC itself

 

NOTE 1: When you are assessing the condition of Patch Cords, think of them as three points including the RJ-45 connector on one end, the connecting cable, and the RJ-45 connector on the other end. Occasionally a defective patch cord will test fine when straight but not work when bent near one of the connectors (or visa-versa). 

So there are basically fourteen points of possible failure. But don't worry, most of the time it is usually not necessary to check them all. Your approach should vary based on one of the following three scenarios:

By considering one of the three scenarios above will help you in your approach in troubleshooting the problem. For example, 1 & 2 are most suspect for incorrect labeling while #3 can be any of the following:

  1. A cut cable.
  2. A newly installed electric cable that was run parallel to the suspect cable.
  3. Newly installed data cables that were run parallel to the suspect cable.
  4. Problems with the switch or switch port. Try restarting the switch.
  5. Computer needs to be rebooted. 

If you think about it, the Cable Link is just a long data extension cord with an 8-pin RJ-45 jack or plug on each end. Thinking of it in this manner simplifies it and makes it easier to visualize.

 

    • Are you certain that you have the right cable? If you are unsure than use a Tone Generator & Probe to make a positive ID. * Note that an ID made by a tone generator and probe will ID the cable but not tell if it is properly wired. For that you need a 4-pair cable tester.

    • If you test the cable and do not get good continuity than examine the connectors or patch panel port on each end. Replace or re-terminate them as necessary. If it tests good than try the continuity again but this time with and through the patch cords on each end.

  • If your problem is intermittent or slow data, try releasing (or removing) cable ties on the bundle of cables coming into the patch panel. Cables that are tightly bundled frequently exhibit high levels of crosstalk between them. The effect increases with longer bundles of cables that are tightly bundled.

Note that if the cable (including patch cables) tests good for proper continuity that the cause is most likely either the switch or excessive crosstalk.

TIP: Use Velcro cable ties instead of vinyl ties as vinyl ties can crimp the cables causing excessive crosstalk. 

 

  1. Patch Cables
  2. Mislabeled Jack (outlet)
  3. Bad jack, connector or patch panel port
  4. Crosstalk caused by a kink in the cable or from an adjoining cable.

  1. Try a different switch port
  2. Replace the patch cables on both ends
  3. Replace the jack, connector(s) or patch panel port
  4. Try a different computer
  5. Install a new cable (last resort)

In the event that you decide to run a new cable, you should strongly consider shielded cable as it is much less effected by electrical noise and crosstalk.

 

Troubleshooting wired network connections can often be frustrating. If you keep your cool and be logical you will find and correct the cause of the trouble. Try to act as a detective and ask questions like is the problem slow or no service, was it working previously, are any other connections out or just this one etc. By knowing all of the possible causes and eliminating them one by one can lead you to correcting the problem more quickly and with less frustration.

 

 Related Tutorials

568B Wiring for Cat 6

 

  How To Make A Category 6 Patch Cable

   This in depth tutorial shows step by step with pictures and explaination on how to terminate a Cat 6 patch cable, and also has    an informatitive    video with more information!

 

 

 

 

 

  How To Terminate A Cat 6A, 10G, SHIELDED 10-Gigabit Keystone Jack

 

   This Step By Step Tutorial Shows How To Terminate A Cat6A Shielded Keystone Jack, And Also Offers Valuable Tech Tips. For Instance, Did You Know To Use A Thin Device Such As A Utility Knife Blade To Push The Wires Down Into The Slots Just Far Enough Where They Will Hold In Place Long Enough For You To Terminate Them?