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    network tools


    by thetechman2014 ·


    HI, I’m trying to compile a list of tools that a person in computer networking would use. I’m not a network engineer or anything like that so I don’t really know. I’m guessing a cable crimper to make ethernet cat cables. A punch-down tool, some type of cable tester, I’ve heard of a tone generator, and loopback adapters. Am I correct? Is there anything I’m missing or got wrong.

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      by birdmantd ·

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      Will you be installing network cables/wiring or the physical computer networks? Hard to say which tools you might need without knowing more about what you plan to be doing.

      For example, I have installed simple networks for a small office without having to buy or use any special tools. I found it easier to buy pre-made cables than make my own to install for small networks.

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      After decades of networking.

      by rproffitt ·

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      And mind you I can’t find some of these items. Maybe the cable tester sprouted legs and went somewhere.

      I rarely make Ethernet cables. It’s too costly and now you have to warranty your cable. Buy pre-made cables. ALWAYS!

      Learn the color code for good cables and connections. Beware there will always be someone that will tell you that the pairs don’t matter. Your reputation will be on the line here. Find the color pair documentation and add that to your networking repair kit.

      Don’t bother arguing with the person that disagrees. Walk off the job fast.

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      by foizasadique1234 ·

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      “Hey everyone! I’m on a mission to compile a list of essential tools for computer networking, and I need your input. So far, we’ve got some key players in our toolkit, like the trusty cable crimper, the punch-down tool for precise connections, and cable testers to ensure everything’s working smoothly. Don’t forget the tone generator to create the perfect troubleshooting tone and loopback adapters for self-checks. But it doesn’t stop there. Network professionals also rely on network analyzers, routers and switch configurators, and wireless site survey kits to navigate the invisible world of Wi-Fi signals. Patch panels keep things organized, while network monitoring software offers a watchful eye on network health. Remember, ‘A network is only as strong as its weakest link,’ so having the right tools is crucial.

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      Network Tools

      by gulshannegi1207 ·

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      There are many tools that you can use some of them are listed below:

      1. Wi-Fi Analyzer
      2. Ethernet Cable and Connectors
      3. Cable Labels and Ties
      4. Power Over Ethernet (PoE) Tester
      5. Fiber Optic Tester (OTDR – Optical Time Domain Reflectometer)
      6. Network Cable Certifier
      7. Router and Switch Configuration Tools
      8. Command Line Interface (CLI)
      9. Cable Crimper
      10. Punch-Down Tool
      11. Cable Tester
      12. Tone Generator and Probe
      13. Loopback Adapters
      14. Network Analyzer
      15. Network Monitoring Software
      16. Packet Sniffer
      17. Network Troubleshooting Toolkit
      18. VPN Clients and Test Tools


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      by ia9726311 ·

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      Yes, you’re on the right track! In the field of computer networking, professionals often use a variety of tools to install, test, and maintain networks. The tools you’ve listed are commonly used:

      Cable crimper: For attaching connectors to Ethernet cables.
      Punch-down tool: To insert wires into punch-down blocks, crucial for structured cabling systems.
      Cable tester: To check the integrity of cable connections and verify signal strength and connectivity.
      Tone generator and probe: Used together to locate, trace, and isolate cables in a bundle without damaging the insulation.
      Loopback adapters: For testing and troubleshooting network interfaces and equipment.
      Additionally, you might consider these tools:
      Network sniffer or protocol analyzer: For analyzing and debugging network traffic.
      WiFi analyzer: To assess the strength and performance of wireless networks.
      Fiber optic testers: For checking the signal integrity of fiber optic cables.
      Multimeter: For measuring electrical values like voltage and resistance, useful in diagnosing network issues.
      Patch panels and cable management supplies: For organizing and connecting cables in a network closet or data center.
      Networking software tools: For monitoring network performance, mapping networks, and simulating traffic.

      Note: irrelevant link removed by moderator.

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