Datacom: Tools and Meters

What do rubies, sapphires, and carbide have to do with each other? All 
are types of scoring blades for fiber optic conductors, that's what. If 
you've done any fiber work, you know how delicate the cables can be.<br><br>That's
 why special tools have been developed just for installing fiber optic 
circuits. Fiber is a highly efficient way of carrying massive amounts of
 data in both commercial and now residential installations. IDEAL Industries

What do rubies, sapphires, and carbide have to do with each other? All are types of scoring blades for fiber optic conductors, that's what. If you've done any fiber work, you know how delicate the cables can be.

That's why special tools have been developed just for installing fiber optic circuits. Fiber is a highly efficient way of carrying massive amounts of data in both commercial and now residential installations.

Just recently, a local electric company in my area paired with a fiber optic communications outfit. They buried a trunk line down our street and one of their junction pedestals is right at the corner of my yard!

With higher Internet speeds possible — both upload and download —and more reliable TV broadcasting, I'm really excited about ditching the cable company for fiber optics, right to my home.

My house is wired for ethernet networking. In fact, I've done all the work myself. With switches, wall boxes and wireless routers, my computers and tablets are always online, no matter the room.

But, while installing the cabling, I made sure each connection was correct. Even in systems that use copper coax, certifying quality work is a must. Even tracking a cable to know what it feeds is important.

So, I've invested in some good tools and meters to make sure the job is not only done... but done right.

Honestly, I'm a bit of a gadget and tool freak anyway. I can't go into a supply store without checking out the newest tools and meters.

When our kids moved out recently, I needed to trace the coax to their TV sets. A bit of rearranging was in order and it's much easier if you know where each cable terminates. So, tone and probe test equipment were necessary.

I make up all my own ethernet runs and terminations as well. Having a good VDV cable tester is invaluable. You need to make sure the connections are good...and mapped correctly. A kit that has all the test equipment and meters for any datacom installation is a valuable addition to any data tech's toolbox.

Instead of piece mealing your tools, an all-inclusive kit actually saves you money... and time in the long run.


Photo courtesy of IDEAL Industries

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