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Computer Cabling Tools

Working with computers may require special network tools and specific cabling tools.

What Are Some Tools for Working with Wires and Cables?

Here are some basic tools you'll need:

  1. Network cable tester. This tool tests the strength and connectivity of your cables and wired assemblies. Different cables require a specific kind of network cable tester. For computers, you may require a Cat 5 cable tester. Try Selby computer cable testers. The company sells these in set packs with other tool combos like crimpers and strippers.
  2. Network Cable Crimping tools. This tool conjoins two metal pieces by deforming one in order to attach to the other. This results in a crimp. Crimping tools help to affix connectors to the ends of a cable. For instance, an RJ45 wiring affixes to a phone or a CAT5 Ethernet cable connector thru a crimping tool. Try unbranded crimping tools. These are affordable but maintain good quality.
  3. Wire Stripper. This tool exposes the inner wires by removing the protecting covering or jacket. These wires have varying shapes so wire strippers come in different models as well. Some wire strippers and cutters function as both a punch down tool and a wire stripper. Try one of these for options.
  4. Punch Down tool. You might also know this as a krone tool. This hand tool connects telecommunications or network wires to a punch down block, patch panel, surface mount box or keystone module. You use it by punching a wire into place. This features a handle, a spring mechanism and the removable slotted blade. The punch down tool cuts off any excess wire upon contact. Try Krone LSA-PLUS for options.

Why Is a Network Cable Tester Important?

Heaps of data transmit over network cables. This tester makes sure that connections are proper and that signal strengths between computers are optimum. It also checks for interference that may be causing loss of data or impediment so that you may correct these.

How Do You Properly Use a Crimping Tool?

Place each wire into the connector, securing all wires in the jack. Place the connector into the crimping tool and squeeze the handles together. The tool punctures the plastic connector and holds each of your wires. This connector can now allow data transmission to take place.

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