A pocket toner is a relatively inexpensive purchase, but one that is commonly overlooked by people installing a satellite TV system. As rings true for any task, the key to a smooth, stress-free satellite television installation lies in preparation and availability of the correct tools for the job.
One of the most useful and affordable tools is the pocket toner; a portable, easy to use piece of test equipment that allows even the most novice installer to locate the correct coax cable and test continuity for all cables in a distributed satellite TV system.Like many such tools, the pocket toner is available in a range of price-points and with a variety of capabilities. At the lower end of the market are basic models like the Jonard PT-300 Pocket Continuity Tester and Toner. Basic models of pocket toner offer only rudimentary feedback yet prove very effective. Most of these models incorporate a range of LED indicators and an audible tone indicating continuity. See Product Features…
There are models for most types of common coax connectors and these models range in price from around $10 to $20.
The Jonard range of pocket toner tools are particularly effective for simple tasks like line testing as well as cable organization and labeling. The video below shows how to use the toner to trace coax cables.
These options can prove especially useful when installing a large, complicated in-home or office satellite television system.
While likely more useful to professional installers, the home hobbyist or do-it-yourself guru should not rule these models out. They offer the greatest flexibility and quality at a reasonable price.
No matter the size of the project or the budget, chances are there is a pocket toner to meet most peoples needs. One of these versatile test kits could truly be the difference between finishing the installation and calling in a professional.
Satellite television installation is a relatively simple process. However, if one does not own the correct tools for the job, these projects can prove immensely frustrating. Adding one of these kits to your toolbox could pay dividends down the road if problems should arise.