IDEAL VDV MultiMedia Cable Tester

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What's special about this Ideal Cable Tester?

  • Tests all coaxial (F-connector), RJ-45, and RJ11/12 cables for correct termination
  • Many VDV (video data voice) wire installations can be tested with this tool alone
  • Integrated tone generator can be used with any probe for wire tracing
  • Easy-to-read LCD screen and results cut labor times
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As any knowledgeable multimedia technician knows, the less you carry, the less you lose, the faster you work. This VDV Multimedia Cable Tester by Ideal Industries tests and maps all cables involved in your installation. It even generates a tone, so you need only add a probe for a highly versatile solution.

ID-33-856 Ideal VDV MultiMedia Cable Tester Kit
ID-33-866 Ideal VDV MultiMedia Test-Tone-Trace Kit

  • A single button push immediately selects between voice, data and video functions
  • Cable types tested include: Data network cable, CAT6, CAT5E, CAT5, CAT4, CAT3 and Coax
  • Voice: Tests 3–pair USOC and 6-position RJ11/12 jacks for voice cable testing
  • Data: tests both shielded and unshielded cable to T568A/B (RJ45)
  • Video: Tests coax cable for opens and shorts with F- connector interface
  • Designed for testing in residential and commercial environments
  • Large easy-to-read LCD display with PASS/Miswire indicators after each test, wiremap display and troubleshooting modes
  • Display automatically warns of voltage on lines
  • Multi-tone support (4 different tones) for cable tracing and fault isolation
  • Convenient internal storage for detachable remote with RJ11/12,RJ45 and Coax (F connector) interfaces
  • Compact ergonomic design fits in the palm of your hand
  • Operates on a single 9V alkaline battery. Typically provides the following battery life:
    • Standby 2.5 years
    • Cable Testing 150 hours
    • Tone Generator 250 hours
  • Two kits to suit your varying needs:
    • VDV Basic Kit
      • (1) RJ-45 Patch Cable (12“)
      • (1) RJ-11 Patch Cables (4“)
      • (1) Instruction Manual
      • (1) 9V Battery
    • VDV Test-Tone-Trace Kit
      • (1) VDV Main Test unit
      • (1) Remote
      • (1) Amplifier Probe with Volume Control
      • (1) Carrying Case
      • (2) RJ-45 Alligator Clip Case Assembly
      • (2) RJ-45 Patch Cable (12“)
      • (2) RJ-11 Patch Cables (4“)
      • (1) F-Male Coax Patch Cables (4“)
      • (1) F-Male to BNC-Female Adapter
      • (1) F-Female to BNC-Female Adapter
      • (1) F-Male to RCA-Female Adapter
      • (1) F-Female to RCA-Female Adapter
      • (2) F-81 Adapter
      • (2) Instruction manuals
      • (2) 9V batteries
  • 12-month warranty from Ideal Industries


Physical Dimensions
Size 13.2 x 7.3 x 4.1 cm (5.2 x 2.9 x 1.6 inches)
Weight 242 grams (8.5 oz.) with battery and remote
Operating temperature 0 to 50 °C (32 to 122 °F)
Storage temperature -10 to 60 °C (14 to 140 °F
Humidity 10% to 90%, non-condensing
Battery Life (9V Alkaline battery, typical) times are for the full capacity of the battery used continuously in one of the following modes
Standby 2.5 years
Cable Testing 150 hours
Tone Generator 250 hours
Cable Types Data network cable, CAT6, CAT-5E, CAT-5, CAT-4, CAT-3 and Coax
Minimum cable length for testing of split pairs 1 meter (3 feet)
Video Coax cable 100 ohms maximum DC resistance, center conductor plus shield
Accessories Satin RJ11 patchcord
Satin RJ45 patchcord
View more VDV MultiMedia Cable Tester SPECIFICATIONS - PDF






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Simple and Handy Little Tool

By Pneumatic Panic

from Modesto, CA

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  • Consistent Performance
  • Rugged
  • Simple to use
  • Versatile


  • Inconsistent Signal

Best Uses

  • Dorm Room
  • High-End Equipment
  • Home Network
  • Travel

Comments about ideal Industries Ideal Vdv Multimedia Cable Tester Kit:

Very handy little tool, saved me a lot of headaches when installing CAT6 in my home, it displays on screen a simple connection pass/fail and indicates the wires causing the problem. The detachable remote makes it really easy to trace what wires go where and tester is pretty intuitive. The ability to test signal quality would be nice, but for a DIY voice/data network or A/V install this is more then enough to get the job done.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Had it for over a year


from CA

Comments about ideal Industries Ideal Vdv Multimedia Cable Tester Kit:

I bought this item to test the network cabling that I installed @ work. I am a person that has a taste for higher quality. Sine then I used it for setting up my HD antenna, and now am working to solve a phone problem in the house. I have not had anything with this test to put a bad taste in my mouth. The only thing that I miss is a proper list of errors that can come up...this is what I am looking for now!

How ever I would recommend this for others for sure, it is a great tool!!!

  • Primary use:
  • Personal

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