[KwartzLab] in search of bix punchdown tool
John Van Ostrand
john at netdirect.ca
Thu Jul 5 15:45:40 EDT 2012
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> Does anybody have a bix punchdown tool I could borrow for an evening
> or two?
Yes, I have one, a crappy but functional tester, and a wire locater so you can figure out which cable is which. You can also use the edge of a credit card to punch down, it will make lots of marks on the card and is a little finicky.
You can also get a cheap plastic punch-down tool at Home Depot as well as the BIX branded $60 tool.
> Having just moved into my new condo, I was very pleased to discover
> ethernet jacks in most rooms, plus a tiny-leetle wiring closet in my
> utility room; which contains a pair of bix mounts as well as
> phone/cable incoming wires AND what I believe are 6 ethernet-grade
> cables which run to each room.
The cables should be marked on the jacket. You can also tell by the wires in the cable. A loose twist is CAT 3, a tight twist is CAT 5 and a tight twist with a centre core is CAT 6. For short runs you can easily to GigE with CAT 5. I'd try with CAT 3 too.
> Given my photo of the wiring closet (
> http://coder.com/daniel/photos/wiring-box2.jpg ) a friend pointed me
> at http://www.cablek.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=163 , a
> bix-mounted block of 6 ethernet jacks. I'm told I should just unhook
> the wires from the one bix block (for phone) and then mount them on
> the rj45 block I'd buy. Et Voila, capacity for ethernet to each room.
> I've got wifi running now, and it's pretty sweet, but ethernet would
> make us even happier.
That punch-down block your friend pointed to isn't CAT 5 or 6 rated, but it will likely work fine. I've used then for CAT 5 100Mbit before. It also won't fit unless you remove the bix blade that's in there now. The RJ45 block takes two slots.
> I think all I need is a bix punchdown tool. If you have one I could
> borrow, I'd be grateful. Or if you have other recommendations, I'm all
John Van Ostrand
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