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Cable Prowler
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Cable Prowler
Model Number: CB300, CB350, CB400

Attention T3 Customers: The Cable Prowler is now exclusively available through Platinum Tools and their Authorized Distributor network.

Cat 3/5e/6/6a, Coax, and Telephone Cable

The Cable Prowler™ combines the functions of a high-end cable tester and length measurement tester, with the capability to identify link status, link capability, and PoE detection. All of this is in full color and internal memory to save results.

  • Displays length measurement for each pair in feet or meters using TDR technology
  • Detects presence of PoE and class of PoE per IEEE 802.3af/at with load test for voltage drop
  • Detects and reports current link speed and link capabilities for active Ethernet drops up to 1 Gbps
  • Link light to identify location on a hub/switch/router port
  • Tests ethernet cable configuration and verifies connectivity while conducting tests for opens, shorts, miswires, split pairs, and reverses
  • Generates selectable tones on selected pins for use with tone tracers
  • Supports up to 8 testing & ID remotes for network & telephone cables
  • Supports up to 20 network & coax ID – only mapping remotes
  • View saved cable tests
  • Full color graphical wire-mapping
  • Ability to define cable name, save cable tests and print ALL results (cable testing & network testing)
  • Multilingual (English, French, Spanish, German, Italian)

 

 

Documents

Description Download
Cable Prowler Specification Sheet PDF Download PDF
Cable Prowler Quick Start Guide PDF Download PDF
Cable Prowler User Manual PDF Download PDF

Downloads

Description Download
Cable Prowler Application Download
Cable Prowler Firmware Updates Download

 

FAQ: 

FAQs

Cable Testing:

Q. What is VoP?
A. The Cable Prowler uses Time Domain Reflectometry to measure cable length and the distance to faults. VoP is the signal percentage compared to the speed of light. To calibrate the VoP, please refer to page 13 of Cable Prowler instruction manual.

Q. What does “Split” mean?
A. A cable can be wired with correct continuity but not with correct pairing. This most often happens when the cable is terminated consistently at both ends, but in the wrong order. The Cable Prowler™ will display “Split” next to the pair(s) that are not paired correctly.

Q. What is an “Open”?
A. Cable Pair(s) do not have continuity throughout the cable or the Cable Prowler™ remote is not detected. An open condition will be displayed in the wire map diagram.

Q. What is a “Short”?
A. Cable Pair(s) are making an electrical connection with each other or foreign object.

Q. Why are the lengths different for each pair?
A. Due to the varying twists of each pair, their length will differ.

Q. What’s the difference between the remotes?
A. The Network Telephone test remotes (black remotes with the white label) are used for performing a cable test and providing an ID. The small yellow remotes will provide an ID only. You can also use the coax remotes to perform a test and obtain an ID for coax cables.

Network/PoE:

Q. Why doesn’t the Cable Prowler™ show PoE Results?
A. Make sure the PoE test is on. If the “PoE Off” soft key icon is displayed, press the soft key below it to activate the PoE test. If PoE results are not displayed with when the PoE test is on, check your switch to verify that PoE is enabled.   

Q. What does Link Flow Control mean?
A. Link Flow control is a switch configuration feature that pauses data transmission when there is system congestion. The Cable Prowler™ identifies if this feature is enabled on the switch.

Q. What are FDX and HDX?
A. FDX is an acronym for Full duplex. HDX is an acronym for Half Duplex.

Cable Prowler™ Application:

Q. Why doesn’t the Application detect my Cable Prowler™?
A. Make sure your Cable Prowler™ is powered on and plugged into your computer using a micro USB cable. While plugged in to your PC, turn the Cable Prowler™ off then back on.

Q. There was an error when I attempted to update the Firmware
A. If the Cable Prowler™ is still on, click on “Begin Download” on the application again.

Q. My Cable Prowler™ won’t turn on after I updated the Firmware.
A. An error occurred during the Firmware installation but don’t worry, it’s still in boot loader mode (program mode). Unplug the Cable Prowler™, close the application, then plug the Cable Prowler™ back in to your PC. Open the application and follow the Firmware update instructions. The Cable Prowler™ screen will remain dark until it has been successfully updated. 

Cable Prowler™ Accessories:

Q. How do you test an Ethernet cable via Ethernet wall plate/server/router ports?
A. The 12inch Ethernet Patch Cable (CA016) allows you to connect to an RJ45 plug to test a shielded or non-shielded Ethernet cable.

Q. How do I test unterminated Ethernet cables?
A. The 8-way Alligator Clip Cord Set (CA015) allows you to test unterminated Ethernet cable. This unique cord set has an RJ45 plug on one end and an alligator clip connected to each wire on the other end. This accessory allows you to make sure cables have not been damaged before you spend the time and money to terminate them.

Q. How do I extend the life of my RJ45 Jack?
A.  The Sacrificial RJ45 Cable (CA014) extends the life of the RJ45 jacks on your tester and remote(s). Plug the sacrificial cable into the tester or remote and then plug the cables to be tested into the sacrificial cables. Continue testing cables with the sacrificial cables plugged into the tester or remote(s). If the sacrificial cables become worn or damaged, simply replace them. This prevents downtime and saves money by not having to send your tester in for an RJ45 jack replacement.

Q. How do I test cables with BNC connectors?
A.  The F-jack to BNC jack allows you to easily test coax cables that have been terminated with BNC connectors.

Reporting

Uploading test results using the Cable Prowler application is simple and versatile. You can save your test results as JPEG, PDF or CSV report for documentation using the Cable Prowler Application. Click below to see an example.

PDF Cable Prowler Test Results PDF Example
.csv Cable Prowler Test Results CSV Example

 

Specifications

Measurement Technology Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR)
Cable Measurements Cable Testing and ID: up to 1000 ft (305 m)
Split Pair Detection: 3 ft (1 m) to 1,000 ft (305 m)
Length Measurement: 0 to 1,500 ft (457 m), ± (5%+1ft)
Supports 8 continuity and ID number remotes (RJ-45)
Supports 20 RJ-45 and 20 F-connector ID only remotes
Power over Ethernet Tests for IEEE 802.3af and IEEE 802.3at (PoE Plus) compliant PoE
Tests for classes and loads cable up to 25.5 watts
(at class 4) Identifies Mode A or B (pairs with PoE)
Active Ethernet Indicates advertised speeds of 10/100/1000base-t half or full duplex
Can Link to network at 10/100base-t
Maximum Voltage Parameters refer to the maximum voltage that can be applied to any 2 connector pins without causing damage to the tester.
• RJ Jack: 66 Vdc or 55 Vac
• F-connector: 50 Vdc or Vac
Save Test Results Stores up to 250 Cable or network tests with user defined names
Tone Generation Tone Frequencies: 730 Hz and 1440 Hz
Languages English, French, Spanish, German, Italian
Battery Life For 6 x AA, 9VDC, 2,200 mA-hr (typical) alkaline battery:
Operating – 20 hours typical
Standby – 1.5 years typical
(200uA max standby current)
Batteries are included
Altitude 10,000 ft (3048 m) operating
Temperature Operating: 32 to 122°F (0 to 50°C)
Storage: -22 to +140°F (-30 to 60°C)
Humidity 10 to 90% non-condensing
Enclosure High-strength PC/ABS plastic with V0 rating with boot
Withstands 4 foot drop on to concrete
Size 1.85”H x 3.6”W x 6.8”L (4.7 x 9.15 x 17.3 cm)
Weight With batteries: 1 lb 2 oz (510 g)
Safety Compliances CE
Warranty 1 Year

 

Physical Features

  • High resolution full color graphical display
  • Displays wire map in color per TIA-568A/B color codes, in pin or pair order (configurable)
  • Protective silicone holster
  • Micro USB connector (to export cable reports), RJ45 connector, and Coax connector

FAQs

Cable Testing:

Q. What is VoP?
A. The Cable Prowler uses Time Domain Reflectometry to measure cable length and the distance to faults. VoP is the signal percentage compared to the speed of light. To calibrate the VoP, please refer to page 13 of Cable Prowler instruction manual.

Q. What does “Split” mean?
A. A cable can be wired with correct continuity but not with correct pairing. This most often happens when the cable is terminated consistently at both ends, but in the wrong order. The Cable Prowler™ will display “Split” next to the pair(s) that are not paired correctly.

Q. What is an “Open”?
A. Cable Pair(s) do not have continuity throughout the cable or the Cable Prowler™ remote is not detected. An open condition will be displayed in the wire map diagram.

Q. What is a “Short”?
A. Cable Pair(s) are making an electrical connection with each other or foreign object.

Q. Why are the lengths different for each pair?
A. Due to the varying twists of each pair, their length will differ.

Q. What’s the difference between the remotes?
A. The Network Telephone test remotes (black remotes with the white label) are used for performing a cable test and providing an ID. The small yellow remotes will provide an ID only. You can also use the coax remotes to perform a test and obtain an ID for coax cables.

Network/PoE:

Q. Why doesn’t the Cable Prowler™ show PoE Results?
A. Make sure the PoE test is on. If the “PoE Off” soft key icon is displayed, press the soft key below it to activate the PoE test. If PoE results are not displayed with when the PoE test is on, check your switch to verify that PoE is enabled.   

Q. What does Link Flow Control mean?
A. Link Flow control is a switch configuration feature that pauses data transmission when there is system congestion. The Cable Prowler™ identifies if this feature is enabled on the switch.

Q. What are FDX and HDX?
A. FDX is an acronym for Full duplex. HDX is an acronym for Half Duplex.

Cable Prowler™ Application:

Q. Why doesn’t the Application detect my Cable Prowler™?
A. Make sure your Cable Prowler™ is powered on and plugged into your computer using a micro USB cable. While plugged in to your PC, turn the Cable Prowler™ off then back on.

Q. There was an error when I attempted to update the Firmware
A. If the Cable Prowler™ is still on, click on “Begin Download” on the application again.

Q. My Cable Prowler™ won’t turn on after I updated the Firmware.
A. An error occurred during the Firmware installation but don’t worry, it’s still in boot loader mode (program mode). Unplug the Cable Prowler™, close the application, then plug the Cable Prowler™ back in to your PC. Open the application and follow the Firmware update instructions. The Cable Prowler™ screen will remain dark until it has been successfully updated. 

Cable Prowler™ Accessories:

Q. How do you test an Ethernet cable via Ethernet wall plate/server/router ports?
A. The 12inch Ethernet Patch Cable (CA016) allows you to connect to an RJ45 plug to test a shielded or non-shielded Ethernet cable.

Q. How do I test unterminated Ethernet cables?
A. The 8-way Alligator Clip Cord Set (CA015) allows you to test unterminated Ethernet cable. This unique cord set has an RJ45 plug on one end and an alligator clip connected to each wire on the other end. This accessory allows you to make sure cables have not been damaged before you spend the time and money to terminate them.

Q. How do I extend the life of my RJ45 Jack?
A.  The Sacrificial RJ45 Cable (CA014) extends the life of the RJ45 jacks on your tester and remote(s). Plug the sacrificial cable into the tester or remote and then plug the cables to be tested into the sacrificial cables. Continue testing cables with the sacrificial cables plugged into the tester or remote(s). If the sacrificial cables become worn or damaged, simply replace them. This prevents downtime and saves money by not having to send your tester in for an RJ45 jack replacement.

Q. How do I test cables with BNC connectors?
A.  The F-jack to BNC jack allows you to easily test coax cables that have been terminated with BNC connectors.

Reporting

Uploading test results using the Cable Prowler application is simple and versatile. You can save your test results as JPEG, PDF or CSV report for documentation using the Cable Prowler Application. Click below to see an example.

PDF Cable Prowler Test Results PDF Example
.csv Cable Prowler Test Results CSV Example

 

Specification Sheet

Cable Prowler™ Specification Sheet PDF