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The perfect system administrator's toolkit: The Right Tools for the Job?

Cable tester

By Paul Mah

A good system admin is like a boy scout: always prepared. I've put together a list of items that belongs in every system administrator's survival toolkit.

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This is an important tool to have on-hand, especially if working in a corporate environment with multiple LAN points.If you've never seen a cable tester before, the two parts can be detached to test spans of cabling by attaching the two parts on the two ends. Individual wires are tested in running sequential order.The more advanced models will allow you to test RJ-11 cables (telephone) too. In fact, I think I believe I have a model featuring a token ring BNC connector somewhere...

Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.