What does a toner probe do?

What does a toner probe do?

A toner probe is used to trace network cables between two different locations. For example, if you have 50 cables going from an office to a wiring closet, you sometimes need to identify both ends of the same cable. You can connect the component that creates the tone to one end of the wire in the office.

What is a tone generator and probe?

Tone generators and probes are practical installation and troubleshooting tools that can help accurately identify a pair or conductor within a bundle, at a crossconnect point, or at a remote end.

How does tone and probe work?

Put simply, the toner and probe are used in tandem to trace a single copper-based (twisted-pair or coaxial) cable among a bundle or cluster of cables. The tone generator does just what its name indicates, sending tone down the circuit that the technician is trying to identify.

Is toner probe a diagnostic tool?

The probe part traces the cable. When the probe is in near proximity to the cable to which the toner is attached, the tone can be heard through a speaker in the probe. Although an external hard drive enclosure, as shown in Figure 4, is not a diagnostic tool, it is often used when diagnosing and repairing computers.

When would a tone generator and probe be used?

These devices are used to locate cables in a wiring closet. The tone generator is typically placed at the user end, and a probe is waved around in the wiring closet to locate the connection. It will make a distinctive noise when it is near the correct cable.

What diagnostic tool is a two part tool?

toner probe
The toner probe, as shown in Figure 3, is a two-part tool. The toner part is connected to a cable at one end using specific adapters, such as an RJ-45, coaxial, or metal clips. The toner generates a tone that travels the length of the cable. The probe part traces the cable.

What are the diagnostic tools?

Diagnostic tools

  • System error logs.
  • Temperature, voltage, and fan speed information.
  • Self-monitoring Analysis, and Reporting Technology (SMART) data.
  • Machine check registers.
  • USB information.
  • Monitor configuration information.
  • PCI slot information.