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Eric Snodgrass

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I am shopping for a new audio cable continuity tester as well as an Ethernet cable continuity tester.
These testers will be used at a venue that also has patchbays containing XLR, SDI and Composite video patch points as well as ethercon connections labeled either"video balun" or "data" (and as of this posting I don't know the difference between those two runs).
So this venue needs continuity testers and sniffers for the patchbays.

What pieces of gear are folks using for this?
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Re: Audio Cable and Ethernet Cable continuity tester recommendations
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2019, 06:53:47 pm »

If you have multiple runs that terminate together, you could use a short jumper between any two and check the pair from the opposite end.
« Last Edit: March 28, 2019, 10:56:16 pm by Dave Garoutte »
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Re: Audio Cable and Ethernet Cable continuity tester recommendations
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2019, 07:40:14 pm »

Rat sound has the sound tools line of sniffer-sender units for XLR, DMX and UTP cables with distant ends. I keep a couple of the cheap Pyle cable testers around the shop and they work just fine.

Unsure about testing BNC on coax. Fluke has stuff from $500 to $5000 depending on how much info you want. Also has BNC adapters.


I am shopping for a new audio cable continuity tester as well as an Ethernet cable continuity tester.
These testers will be used at a venue that also has patchbays containing XLR, SDI and Composite video patch points as well as ethercon connections labeled either"video balun" or "data" (and as of this posting I don't know the difference between those two runs).
So this venue needs continuity testers and sniffers for the patchbays.

What pieces of gear are folks using for this?
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Re: Audio Cable and Ethernet Cable continuity tester recommendations
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2019, 11:06:27 pm »

What pieces of gear are folks using for this?

This is not cheep - it's the one I use
Fluke CableIQ
tests ethernet, blink port lite, continuity, cable bandwidth capabilities, distance to break, crosstalk, measures length, sends tone, impedance fault
Also does Coax
8 senders to identify cables-put on end and number shows up on meter
Stores test info

Most 8 wire cable testers will do simple continuity tests
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Re: Audio Cable and Ethernet Cable continuity tester recommendations
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2019, 11:45:52 pm »

Weve been using the dBX CT-3 and so far we dig it! Hard to tell from the pic, but its actually two physical units bolted to a plate that can be separated to work at either ends of an installed cable.

https://dbxpro.com/en/products/ct-3
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Re: Audio Cable and Ethernet Cable continuity tester recommendations
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2019, 02:07:00 am »

This is not cheep - it's the one I use
Fluke CableIQ


Ironically, the Fluke CableIQ costs about what your post count is, Pete.  ;D
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Re: Audio Cable and Ethernet Cable continuity tester recommendations
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2019, 02:15:59 am »

[...] depending on how much info you want. [...]

I think this is probably the question you should start with. DC continuity testers will do a decent (but not perfect) job of pass/failing low-frequency signal lines like analogue audio, but for anything much above that the continuity tester isn't going to tell you much because cables perform differently at higher frequencies.

There are plenty of twisted-pair and coax installations out there that will pass a DC continuity test but will fail when you try to put actual signal through them. Basically, the question is whether or not testing simple continuity is enough information for what you're doing.

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Re: Audio Cable and Ethernet Cable continuity tester recommendations
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2019, 07:07:42 am »

I am shopping for a new audio cable continuity tester as well as an Ethernet cable continuity tester.
These testers will be used at a venue that also has patchbays containing XLR, SDI and Composite video patch points as well as ethercon connections labeled either"video balun" or "data" (and as of this posting I don't know the difference between those two runs).
So this venue needs continuity testers and sniffers for the patchbays.

What pieces of gear are folks using for this?
I use this for continuity:
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/652447-REG/Pyle_Pro_PCT40_PCT_40_12_in_1_Audio_Cable.html


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Re: Audio Cable and Ethernet Cable continuity tester recommendations
« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2019, 07:18:43 am »

This is not cheep - it's the one I use
Fluke CableIQ
tests ethernet, blink port lite, continuity, cable bandwidth capabilities, distance to break, crosstalk, measures length, sends tone, impedance fault
Also does Coax
8 senders to identify cables-put on end and number shows up on meter
Stores test info

Most 8 wire cable testers will do simple continuity tests

2nd vote for the fluke testers. I wasted a bunch of time on site last year rerunning and terminating a couple of lines before realising the cheap tester I was using was not actually testing all pairs correctly any more. Threw it in the bin there and then, and as soon as I got home bought a Fluke Micromapper. Super fast go / no go testing of all pairs and will show reverses, swaps and opens. Remote end doesnt have any lights you need to check, all info is on the master end.

About 3 months later I picked up a CableIQ from ebay which comes out to play either when troubleshooting or I need to provide documentation of cable infrastructure testing.
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Re: Audio Cable and Ethernet Cable continuity tester recommendations
« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2019, 07:17:18 pm »

For just pinout and continuity, get something cheap.

If you have lots of cables to do, choose something fast - something that shows correct pinout instantly without having to turn a knob to select each pin.

A Really-nice-to-have feature is an ability to detect discontinuities over time.  So you can plug in a cable and flex it searching for an intermittent fault.
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Re: Audio Cable and Ethernet Cable continuity tester recommendations
« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2019, 09:44:10 am »

This one's not in the same class as the Fluke, obv, but it's a good leg up from most of the cheap ethernet testers.

Triplett / Byte Brothers CTX200

The $100 kit includes a sniffer.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003ZK4Q02/ref=oh_aui_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Re: Audio Cable and Ethernet Cable continuity tester recommendations
« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2019, 07:21:10 pm »

Weve been using the dBX CT-3 and so far we dig it! Hard to tell from the pic, but its actually two physical units bolted to a plate that can be separated to work at either ends of an installed cable.

https://dbxpro.com/en/products/ct-3

Another vote for the CT3

Ray
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Re: Audio Cable and Ethernet Cable continuity tester recommendations
« Reply #12 on: March 30, 2019, 08:44:40 pm »

Weve been using the dBX CT-3 and so far we dig it! Hard to tell from the pic, but its actually two physical units bolted to a plate that can be separated to work at either ends of an installed cable.

https://dbxpro.com/en/products/ct-3

And it will test "speaker twist" connections!
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Re: Audio Cable and Ethernet Cable continuity tester recommendations
« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2019, 10:26:14 am »

And it will "speaker twist" connections!

What do you mean by "speaker twist"?
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Re: Audio Cable and Ethernet Cable continuity tester recommendations
« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2019, 10:45:05 am »

What do you mean by "speaker twist"?

I meant to say 'And it will test "speaker twist" connections!"

In the CT-3 info and on the actual unit they call what we all know as a Speakon a "Speaker Twist" connector.

Maybe it has to do with trade mark infringement so they could not use the word "Speakon" on the tester.

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Re: Audio Cable and Ethernet Cable continuity tester recommendations
« Reply #15 on: March 31, 2019, 11:08:39 am »

I really like my Signaltek NT for testing Ethernet cables.

They have a different method of ensuring cable integrity than the other testers. Not quite certification, but it ensures the line can handle gigabit by sending data.

http://metroconnect.blogspot.com/2008/03/choosing-qualification-tester_07.html?m=1
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Re: Audio Cable and Ethernet Cable continuity tester recommendations
« Reply #16 on: March 31, 2019, 11:01:08 pm »

Do you suppose Harman elected to use knock off connectors in their unit and had to forego using the SpeakON name?

Pretty sure that if they'd used an actual Neutrik, it would be fair use to mention it's included in the product.


I meant to say 'And it will test "speaker twist" connections!"

In the CT-3 info and on the actual unit they call what we all know as a Speakon a "Speaker Twist" connector.

Maybe it has to do with trade mark infringement so they could not use the word "Speakon" on the tester.
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Re: Audio Cable and Ethernet Cable continuity tester recommendations
« Reply #17 on: March 31, 2019, 11:23:38 pm »

Do you suppose Harman elected to use knock off connectors in their unit and had to forego using the SpeakON name?

Pretty sure that if they'd used an actual Neutrik, it would be fair use to mention it's included in the product.

Look at the side pictures of the CT3, you can tell the connectors are a knock off.

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