If you’re a contractor or an electrician who has to frequently perform cable installation checks, then you probably need to utilise a underground service or a cable locator. These handheld devices are used to ensure every electrical connection works as intended. Scanning for a cable is typically done by sending a signal through the locator’s transmitter and receiving feedback through the receiver.
Underground service locators, and other types of cable locating equipment, are primarily used to check whether a cable is working or not. When people are looking for cables, they’re usually trying to discover the type of connection the cable has, which can be either intended or unintended. If it’s an intended connection, the cable locating equipment will confirm it.
If the intended connection is missing, then the connection is an open circuit. Additionally, cable testers are used to determine whether there are any unintended connections within the cable. These cables are also known as short circuits. However, cable testers can perform a couple of more tests on cables. For instance, they can scan the internal wiring and the length of the cable. Determining these things can be important as they can be the deciding factors whether a device will get enough electricity from the cable and operate optimally or not.
Similarly to how there are various different types of cables, there are various different types of cable testers as well. The two most commonly used cable testers are network and audio cable testers. The first step to buying the right cable tester is determining the type of cables you intend on testing, then comparing the features of similar models within your budget.
Network cable testers are used for testing computer, telephone and every other type of communication cables. Besides making sure the electric currents run smoothly throughout the cable, they’re oftentimes used to determine whether the data can freely flow through it. Network cable testers run on battery, and they’re typically divided in three distinct categories, each one having its own specific use.
Audio cable testers on the other hand, are commonly used by musicians and sound technicians who use a lot of electrical equipment. Unintended sounds during live performances can come from any of the many pieces of equipment. In order to figure out which one is causing the issues, an audio cable tester is used to find the faulty cable in a matter of moments. All in all, these pieces of equipment are invaluable in many situations – they’re portable, versatile and easy to use.