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Troubleshooting Techniques: Using a Fox and Hound Tool

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On today’s Tech, No Babel: Troubleshooting Techniques: Using a Fox and Hound Tool

One of the great things about troubleshooting is that you don’t always have to rely on tests you devise to figure out what’s wrong. Sometimes, there’s a tool that will help you.

That’s what today’s show is all about. A fox and hound (also known as a tone generator and probe) is a tool that helps you find cables. You may know where each end is, but not know which end on one side goes with what cable.

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Basically, it’s pretty simple. You connect the fox (tone generator) to one end of the cable and use the hound (probe) to test to find out which cable it is on the other end.

This is especially helpful in situations where the cable runs through a wall or conduit. Really, all that matters is that you know where both ends of the cable are. Once you know that, you can connect (or reconnect them correctly).

Here are a couple of examples of this tool (affiliate links) if you need to buy one yourself:

Triplett fox and hound
Triplett home version of fox and hound (less expensive and not as durable)
Another inexpensive fox and hound tool

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