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VDV MultiMedia Cable Tester



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VDV MultiMedia Cable Tester


Replacement Remote for VDV 33-856


The 33-856 VDV Tester is an LCD based all-in-one basic Voice-Data-Video tester for verifying proper wiring of low-voltage and data communications cables.  The primary function of the VDV is the wiremap test.  The wiremap test visually shows, pin by pin, whether a cable is terminated properly at both ends and if there is continuity from end to end.  The VDV can test Data/Ethernet RJ-45 (8P8C), Voice/Phone RJ-11/12(6P6C/6P4C), and Video/coax cables.  The LCD visually displays “PASS” or “ERROR” after each test to verify if the cable is terminated correctly.

In Data mode, the RJ-45 port tests RJ-45 connector cables terminated to Cat 3/5/5e/6/6a twisted pair cables.  When the test is activated, VDV checks each conductor of the cable for any opens (unterminated or cut conductors), shorts (cut or nicked conductors that come into contact), miswires (wires out of order – not consistent at both ends), reversals, or split pairs (wired correctly but using wrong conductor order and grouping).  VDV can accurately identify and alert the user to uplink/crossover cables.
Test results are displayed on the LCD in a pin-to-pin format.  Error types are also displayed on the LCD.
Shield continuity can also be tested on shielded RJ-45 connectors and cables.

In Voice mode, the RJ-11/12 port is active.  Testing is similar to the Data test, but tests up to 6 conductors instead of 8.

In Video mode, the F port is active.  Coax cables are tested for opens and shorts on the pin and shield.

For all tests, the included main remote (Remote #1) is used to terminate the far end of the cable run.  The main remote is stored in the base of the tester when not in use.

A built in analog tone generator is also included and can be used in all testing modes. The tone generator has 4 user selectable tones.  Toning helps to locate and identify a single cable that is within a bundle of cables. The tone generator has the ability to tone by pin, by pair, or the all conductors at once.  This allows the user to more precisely locate errors within the cable, such as finding opens.

The 62-164 Amplifier probe (sold separately) is recommended for use in amplifying the tone signal.
The VDV is also available in the popular 33-866 TTT Test-Tone-Trace Kit.  This all-in-one kit includes the 62-164 Probe, carrying case, several patch cables, and BNC/RCA coax adapters.

• Voice/Data/Video LCD based wiremapper verifies cable continuity
• Identifies errors by pin: shorts, opens, miswires, reversals, and split pairs
• For twisted pair, coax, and phone type cables
• Designed for Cat 3/5/5e/6/6a cables.  RG59/6/ 6 Quad
• RJ-45; RJ-11/12; and Female F port interfaces
• Tone generator with 4 selectable tones
• Main remote included
• VDV tester uses a 9V battery – included



Q: Will the VDV tester work with other IDEAL tester remotes?

A:  No.  The VDV main remote is the only remote that can be used with this tester.

Q:  Are multiple remotes available for VDV?

A:  No.  The VDVII Tester product line offers wiremappers with the option of using multiple remotes and identifiers.

Q: How do I turn the unit off?

A:  Press any of the three test VOICE, DATA, VIDEO, buttons that is different that the test being currently run.  If the tester is in DATA mode, press VOICE once and it will turn off. 

Q:  Why do I get wiremap errors on cables I'm sure are good?

A:  Make sure that no other cables or connectors (terminators) are attached to the three top ports of the connector, other than the cable under test.  Make sure the other end of the cable has the remote attached to it, and the link is not passing through any active, energized ports or devices.  Testing through a passive modular jack faceplate termination point is generally ok and does not cause errors. Check the pin sockets on tester and remote for debris and pin damage.  Strands of braiding from prepping coax nearby can short the pins.  

Q:  How do I change the tone options?

A:  After selecting a test mode and pressing that button (VOICE/DATA/VIDEO), press the TONE button once.  This begins toning on the selected port.  Short, quick presses of the tone button change the pin(s) being toned.  After selecting the pin(s) you want to tone, press the TONE button for 1/2 second repeatedly to cycle through the tone sound options.  Hi/Lo/HiLo1/HiLo2.  Each press changes the tone.  The tone begins when the TONE button is first pressed.  Tone ends when one of the three test buttons are pressed.   

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