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On today’s Tech, No Babel: Troubleshooting Techniques: Short-leash it

Do you suspect that the problem is either a piece of gear or a cable, but you’re not sure which? Try the short-leash test.

When you have a source, a cable, and a destination, and the signal isn’t getting all the way from the source to the destination, there are three possible points of failure: the source, the cable, and the destination. All things being equal, the failure will tend to be in the cable. It will also tend to be on one end or the other.

So, to test to see which it is, try the short leash test. Basically, take a short, known-good cable and connect the two ends of the chain, bypassing the current cabling. If its starts working, you know it’s a cabling problem and you can address it. If it doesn’t, you know it’s either the source or destination and you can troubleshoot further.

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Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div.

Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div. has been a tech volunteer with Quest Community Church in Lexington, KY since 2000 and is the founder of TrinityDigitalMedia.com, llc. He became part of the technology in ministry team when his church’s attendance was around 200 in one Sunday service and has witnessed it’s growth to 5,200 average weekly attendance in one Saturday service, four Sunday services in one online and two physical campuses. He literally wrote the book on podcasting in churches, twitter in churches, & servant-hearted volunteering, as well as writing various articles for publications like “Church Production” and “Technologies for Worship” magazines.