Business Phone Systems

Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Rate Thread
#643089 07/07/22 11:36 AM
Joined: Feb 2010
Posts: 435
Member
OP Offline
Member
Joined: Feb 2010
Posts: 435
Hello I am looking for recommendations for a new cable tester

I’m used to using the STM –8

It seems to have stopped working I do believe I dropped it one too many times

I didn’t really want to spend a lot of money on buying a new one I think they’re around 480.00 or so

I still have the remote testers

I was in a little bit of a pickle so I just bought one at Home Depot Klein tools it’s called the scout pro 3 cable tester

Wondering if anybody has used this particular model it’s OK but it only comes with one remote I don’t wanna invest too much more money in it if I was gonna be getting something else

I know it’s not a certifier and I was just curious if anybody could recommend something

I’m curious if anybody still uses the STM – 8

Thanks

JD

Atcom VoIP Demo
VoIP Demo
Joined: Dec 2007
Posts: 386
Member
*****
Offline
Member
*****
Joined: Dec 2007
Posts: 386
JD,

I think if you can run a search on this site, there are several posts on this topic. But, may be older and some newer test equipment may be available. We have a couple of the Byte Brother tools that the guys are real happy with from what they tell me. Not sure, but seems they were over $300 at the time.

Hope this helps.
Rick


BTS
Joined: Jul 2006
Posts: 2,658
Likes: 9
Admin
***
Offline
Admin
***
Joined: Jul 2006
Posts: 2,658
Likes: 9
I think the Ideal Linkmaster is affordable and compatible with the numbered dongles. It's in the $100 range, but you can search Ebay for a sub-$100 replacement STM-8. That should get you through the short term.

Carl

Joined: Oct 2006
Posts: 1,351
Member
Offline
Member
Joined: Oct 2006
Posts: 1,351
I've used the STM8 for many years, after recommendations from others on this board. Found one on ebay. I also dropped mine once too often and found a replacement on ebay. When I break this one, I'm done.

Jim

Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 219
Member
Offline
Member
Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 219
I currently use a Fluke IntelliTone Pro 200 digital toner for tracing data cables on live networks but it bleeds bad. I use a Fluke 620 for testing cables. I recently purchased a Noyafa NF-8209 for 55.00 just to try. Been a phone tech for 43 years, spent a ton of money on Fluke products and this little device helps more than the Fluke. It tones digitally, analog & POE with no bleed, maps pairs, does length, measures POE voltage and here is the best part it will flash the connected port on a live switch and tell you the speed of the port. My co worker purchased the NF-858C which also tests fiber. I don't know about long term but for the amount of time I have had the tester it has already bailed me out on cables that are not marked. Hope that helps...

Joined: Aug 2004
Posts: 1,441
Likes: 12
Admin
*****
Online Happy
Admin
*****
Joined: Aug 2004
Posts: 1,441
Likes: 12
Interesting find @erniejoey! Trying to tone a cable that's plugged into a switch port is the bane of my existence...

1 member likes this: dexman
Joined: Jan 2007
Posts: 1,938
Likes: 2
Member
*****
Offline
Member
*****
Joined: Jan 2007
Posts: 1,938
Likes: 2
I like the sounds of that Noyafa!

@Toner, I put my oscillator clips on the wht/blu and brn/wht (gender bender with breakout pairs on my end). Test for a short first--usually none--and tone away.


"Carry others as you climb" -- Tim Alberstein
1 member likes this: Toner

Moderated by  Silversam 

Link Copied to Clipboard
Forum Statistics
Forums84
Topics93,739
Posts636,410
Members49,615
Most Online5,661
May 23rd, 2018
Popular Topics(Views)
Today's Birthdays
aaronazatian, bg6214, Jigger, mkpgt, willtech
Newest Members
AMS Technology C, Chrontel, RonZ1971, Michael1948, lllDez
49,615 Registered Users
Top Posters(30 Days)
Toner 9
jsaad 7
Who's Online Now
1 members (Toner), 75 guests, and 13 robots.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Contact Us | Sponsored by Atcom: Business Phone Systems | Terms of Service

Sundance Communications is not affiliated with any of the above manufacturers.
©Copyright Sundance Communications 1998-2022
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.5