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Building Your Networking Tool Kit

Those new to networking computers and servers might wonder what tools of the trade they really need to do the job right. The minimum tool kit for computer networking contains just four tools. While this sounds like a tiny kit, quality matters when purchasing tools for information technology networking.

Building a Wired Computer Network

A computer network connects a grouping of computers, servers, and peripherals together so they can transfer data. When creating a wired network, you install various types of cables, including:

  • Phone lines,

  • Bulk cable (Cat5 and Cat6),

  • Ethernet cables,

  • Patch panels,

  • USB,

  • FireWire cables.

You use your four-tool kit to install, maintain, and troubleshoot the wired network.

What’s in a Networking Tool Kit?

A networking tool kit consists of four tools used in installing and testing the cables that comprise the connections that attach the computers, servers, and peripherals. A complete kit contains a:

  • crimping tool,

  • network cable tester,

  • coaxial compression tool,

  • punch down tool.

You’ll need all four tools to complete a network installation and test its veracity.

How Each Tool Works

The term crimping tool refers to a network connecting tool that enables you to crimp the connection of a cable for connection to an RJ-11, RJ-45, or another connector type. Typically, a crimping tool also includes a wire cutter at its handle base, allowing the installer to cut a Cat5 cable or a phone line.

Once you insert the crimped cable into the appropriate connector, you use your compression tool to compress the coaxial cable and seal it. This ensures both conduction of the high-frequency signals carried by the coaxial cable and its insulation continue into and through the connector.

Use your kit’s punch-down tool, also called a Krone tool, to cut off excess wire or to insert wires into patch panels, punch-down blocks, or surface mount boxes. You can buy punch-down tools with fixed blades or with interchangeable blades. Choosing a Krone tool with an impact mechanism feature can help you avoid muscle fatigue when installing many lines.

Testing the wired network after installing the lines lets you know everything works perfectly before the start of the business day. If the network doesn’t function, you need to find the problem’s source and correct it.

You use your network cable tester to check cable continuity and signal strength. The tester device lets you diagnose, then eliminate cable connectivity issues. You use it to test a cable that has been disconnected from the computer, modem, server, router, etc. The typical network cable tester offers three connector ports – Ethernet RJ-45, telephone cable RJ-11, and BNC for the coaxial cable.

Order our ratcheting crimping tool today to obtain the highest-quality crimping tool that works with CAT8, CAT7, CAT6, CAT5 cables and RJ45, RJ11, RJ12, and pass-through modular connectors. The Network Tools 31 design ensures precise, clean cuts and uses an ergonomic design to make using it easier.

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