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TRENDnet Network Cable Tester, TC-NT2

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Cable Tester
Voice Data
  • Comprehensive cable tester for network professionals
  • Accurately test pin configurations for various voice and data cables for length up to 300 meters (984 Ft.)
  • Quickly identify faulty cables with the built-in audio tone indicator
  • Verifies cable continuity, opens, shorts, and miswires
  • Tests Pin Configuration of 10/100/1000Base-T, 10Base-2 (coax), RJ-11/RJ-12/RJ-45, EIA/TIA-356A/568A/568B, and Token Ring Cables
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Product Description

Capacity:Cable Tester  |  Model:Voice Data

The TRENDnet's TC-NT2 is a convenient and comprehensive cable tester for network professionals. Its powerful and user-friendly features enable network installers to accurately check pin configurations of various voice and data communication cables. The TC-NT2 includes a master unit that transmits test signals to its corresponding remote terminator to verify cable reliability. It checks continuity and displays wiring configuration up to 300 meters of cable installation. With the unique feature of the audio tone generator, the TC-NT2 identifies and troubleshoots faulty cables to assure proper pin and wiring structure.


Product Details

Capacity: Cable Tester | Model: Voice Data
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 4.5 x 2 inches ; 9.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B0000AZK08
  • Item model number: TC-NT2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,508 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 26, 2003

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128 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Victor H. Agresti TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 2, 2006
Style Name: Voice DataSize: Cable Tester
TRENDware CABLE TESTER 10/100 COAX & TP ( TC-NT2 )

I used this tester to verify coax and Cat5e wiring as a structured wiring system was installed. Three Cat5e and two RG6 (coax) cables went to each room from a centrally located panel. Cat5e cable is somewhat fragile, so the time to verify it works is when it's installed. With dry-wall up, you're screwed if a concealed cable fails.

Verifies that:
...1) wiring is correct end to end; i.e., it has connectivity, the right wire on each pin, no shorts, and no wrong cross-overs,
...2) the cable isn't damaged,
...3) the connector isn't defective.

Install terminators on each end; plug one end of the cable into the sending unit and the other end into the receiving (remote) unit. If either end of the cable has a jack (versus a plug), plug one end of a straight-through patch cable into that jack and the other end into the tester. Choose testing one wire (pin or path) at a time, or, auto cycle through 8 wires + ground. Testing is simplest with the remote unit in sight. Otherwise, use the auto setting and go to that other end to see what's happening, or have a helper yell back (or walkie talkie) which lights come on.

The sending unit tests wires in sequence (1 to 8, ground) and then repeats until you turn it off. For each wire tested, a corresponding red LED on the sender lights. A low-voltage current is sent on that wire to an LED on the remote. If there is continuity, a numbered red light on the remote comes on. If you're testing wire 1 and it's received on wire 1 on the remote, the number 1 LED lights. If it's received on another wire (e.g., wire 2), that LED comes on. If it's received on multiple wires, they'll all light. If it's not received at all, no LED's light up.
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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful By A Reviewer on August 29, 2007
Style Name: Voice DataSize: Cable Tester Verified Purchase
The good - This is quite a nice low to mid priced unit. It tests and indicates each wire separately and can be used to detect both crossed, open and shorted wires. It can test one wire at once or sequence though the set which can make faults easier to spot. It also claims to produce a "Tone" in the 600Hz to 800Hz range. This is not what you might assume - a tone that sounds when the connection is good - but a test signal send along the wire for use in conjunction with a "compatible Tone probe" which can be used to find the location of the break in a wire. Sounds like a very useful feature only the Tone Probe is a separate tool and the manual is a vague on what tool might be compatible. A good guess might be the TrendNet TC-TP1 Amplified Induc.and Tone Probe
also currently available from Amazon. Strangely neither product refers to the other even though they are from the same company. I have asked TrendNet if they work together so we shall see.

The not so good - There are a number of low priced cable testers available and this one is a bit more expensive although still quire reasonable compared to "professional" models. I decided on this tool since it seemed to offer the broadest range of cable interfaces for the price. It does this but rather less conveniently than I had hoped. Mea culpa but I was disappointed to discover on receipt that the USB and Firewire connectors are extra, around $15, and are not currently available from Amazon. Don't assume as I did, that they are included just because there is a customer photo of them. Also the Coaxial test connectors are BNC rather than the more common F type used for CATV/Cable.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Nick C. on April 5, 2010
Style Name: Voice DataSize: Cable Tester Verified Purchase
This is a great cable tester for the money if you will mostly be testing UTP/STP cable. If you are looking to test coax with F-type connectors, you will need to purchase a BNC-to-F-type adapter separately; the adapter pictured in one of the customer-submitted images here is not included. The 9-volt battery is also not included.

Even with the right adapter, testing F-type-terminated coax is rather cumbersome with this tester. Since it only has an RJ45 port, you will have an RJ45-to-BNC adapter (included) plugged into the tester, a BNC-to-F-type adapter (not included) plugged into the RJ45-to-BNC adapter, and finally the cable you want to test at the end of the chain.

I returned this tester to Amazon and purchased a Paladin Tools LAN ProNavigator instead, which has both RJ45 and BNC ports and includes a BNC-to-F-type adapter, a BNC-to-RCA adapter, a patch cord, and a battery. This allowed me to test all the wiring in my new house quickly, with only one adapter hanging off the side of the tester, and without having to go buy batteries or missing parts.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By David Turner on August 24, 2009
Style Name: Voice DataSize: Cable Tester Verified Purchase
The company I work for is getting new VOIP phones in the near future, and as part of this project I needed to tone our ethernet lines. I read a few reviews, and ended up buying this tester along with the Trendnet TC-TP1 Probe. It worked beautifully for about twenty minutes, but then died on me. Even though there is only two-and-a-half volts passing down cat5 cable, apparently that is enough to fry it. I have only myself to blame though, as it states all over the tester that it is "not for live circuits". I had assumed that this message was merely a safety warning, and not something I needed really to concern myself with. Newbie mistake.

I will be buying another one, and this one I will test only on dead lines. And I predict it will work great for me. So a word of warning to other newbs, really do only use it on dead lines!

Edit December 2014 - I have been using these for five years now. I managed to fry another one some number of months after the first one. But I guess I've gotten better at it because I have been using the third for four years now with no problem. And when our maintenance shop needed to test some ethernet lines for our machinery, I bought them another one and they've used it for well over a year now. Great product.
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