We have a tone generator kit for tracing network cables, but I am having trouble using it correctly.
The tone generator end plugs into the network cable I am trying to trace, and then I assume I should be able to go into the server room and just swipe the probe across the ends of the patch cables while still plugged into the switch, and hear the tone, but that doesn't seem to work.
- When the probe is pointed directly at the tone generator, it responds correctly.
- When I point it a few inches down the wire that is connected to it, it does not respond. I suspect this is due to the cable shielding? As a result, I assume I need to point at the cable end, and not the middle of the wire in the server room.
- My understanding is that the probe does not require you to un-plug any cables to work. Is this correct?
It would be great if someone who knows what they are doing would document the correct procedure here.