Vastar Network Wire Punch Down Impact Tool with Two Blades - 110 and BK & Network Wire Stripper

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Vastar Network Wire Punch Down Impact Tool with Two Blades - 110 and BK & Network Wire Stripper

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    Tools & Home Improvement, Cable Insertion & Extraction Tools, Electrical, Tools & Hardware, Punchdown Tools

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  • 8 Reviews
  • July 23, 2019 Last Review Date
  • Nov. 7, 2016 First Seen Review Date
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Discussion and Reviews on Reddit

Help with DIY mounting security cameras. First time homeowners. [R]

9 months agohxcadam posted submission on HomeImprovement.
July 23, 2019

Hi, we are a young married couple and first time homeowners. We are trying to learn everything we can around the house so please be gentle! 😊 We have purchased a ReoLink system IP PoE 16CH NVR with 8 4MP cameras during PrimeDay. Our newly built home was pre-wired with (9) CAT6 connections for security cameras, we know our way with basic networking and tech, we can try and figure out that part. Our problem is with how we should properly mount the cameras.

We tried to shop around for installers and they are charging $60 per cameras. We would be paying more for installation than what we paid for the whole system. We figured it’s a good time to learn it and save some money!

Hardware/Mounting Questions:

  1. The junction box used during construction was rectangular and the mounting hardware for the Reolink cameras are round. Is there an adapter we can purchase that will cover the hole completely? The only workaround we can think of right now is to mount it directly to the blank junction rectangular covers with screw and nut and use a spade bit to make a hole for the reolink wires to go inside the box. Will this work? What are our options? https://imgur.com/0fhfQ9K | https://imgur.com/yzGS16M
  2. #1 may not work on every spot because some pre-wires were placed on the other side of the wall so we will need to figure out a way to run the CAT6 to the other side so the camera can face the right direction. See example photo – we have (2) prewire for our backyard, one camera should be facing the backyard, and the other one should be facing the entry gate. How can we approach this? We need to do this on 2 Cameras, the other 7 are placed appropriately for #1 to work. https://imgur.com/v9Ll4q3
  3. Some of the junction covers outside are not plastic, they’re made of metal so I don’t know if we can drill thru it and still have proper seal for protection since those cameras will be sitting outside. What can be done? https://imgur.com/v9Ll4q3
  4. The CAT6 wires are not punched down, I guess the builder left it that way so we can decide on the length for the wires. It’s our first time to punch down CAT6 wires, any tips? Can we use cheap tools from Amazon?

Tech Question:

We have been trying to figure out on how can we have a separate 24/7 monitor in our den downstairs if the smart panel box and NVR are located in our closet upstairs? I know reolink can be viewed via a web browser. Here’s the options we have researched so far.

  1. Wireless option we can think of is to buy a small SmartTV that has browser access or a monitor + amazon fire/roku thru hdmi to access a browser?

  2. CAT6-HDMI extender, problem with this is we only have 1 CAT6 output in our den and it’s connected to our computer. Any workaround? For now, #1 seems to be the most viable the only thing we don’t like about it is it will be constantly streaming via internet. We have 1G Fiber, but still worried about bandwidth and connection slowing down because of constant streaming.

Thanks in advance!

x posted with /r/homedefense/r/homesecurity

9 months agohxcadam posted comment on HomeImprovement.
July 23, 2019

Punching down is simple. Buy a Cat6 Patch Panel, and something like this for punching down. It's pretty straight forward just pick a standard (A or B on the jack/patch panel) and stick with it.

As far as your den - can you run a cable to the den from where you patch panel will be? You said there's already a cable there so if you have attic access or basement access and can follow the route of the other cable you could just use it as a pull string of sorts if it isn't stapled inside the wall. If not then wireless would be your option I'd think.

WiFi/Ethernet suddenly dropped over the course of the day [R]

10 months agobothunter posted submission on techsupport.
June 21, 2019

On the morning of the 19th, we got our wifi upgraded from 75/75 to 200/200. Right after, everyone in the house was getting speeds of 200 plus from their ethernet ports, but the ethernet port in my room has always been kind of garbage, so i was only still getting 100/70, which is fine for most applications. But, through the course of the day, as I turned my pc off and on a couple times, it hit like 10/10 maximum, and the ping stayed low. Now, even on wireless i cannot get higher than 30/30, after restarting router, changing ethernet cables, and restarting my pc.

https://imgur.com/ekBZCx8

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side note: the ethernet port in my room is bad because we think that the original builder messed up the wiring, and went from the top floor to the basement and then back up to wire to an adjacent room, but all the other ethernet ports in the house get the payed for or better speeds, and im fine with getting my 100/70, but 10/10 is not even enough to play online browser games.

10 months agobothunter posted comment on techsupport.
June 21, 2019

You could try redoing the jacks. While the problem could be somewhere in the wire, it's likely that it was simply not terminated correctly in the jack. However, before you attempt this, I recommend testing with another computer just to rule that out before you go through a process that could potentially make the problem worse.

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Go to the hardware store and get the following: (You can get them online, but I find many hardware stores have a much better price than Amazon)

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Remove the jack in your room and cut off the jack, saving as much of the cable as you can. (Stop here if the cable inside is already way too short. Inexperienced installers typically cut the cable exactly to length, making this kind of repair impossible)

Cut about 1" of the outer cable insulation off so you can get to the pairs of wire inside. Be very careful not to nick the inside wire as this will cause the slow speeds that you're currently seeing.

Untwist the wires and place each in the appropriately colored slot. The "white" wires go in the White/Color slots that they were twisted with.

Use the punchdown tool(make sure the blade or "cut" side is facing to the outside of the jack) to push the wires into the slots. A good tool will make a satisfying "clunk" when you've applied enough pressure, and the extra wire should fall off on it's own.

Finally, when you're finished, use the continuity tester to make sure every wire is properly connected. Plug one end in the new jack, and then plug the other end into the jack in the wiring closet. The lights should light up in order. Try testing a regular Ethernet cable first to see how it works.

If that doesn't fix your speed, then you'll need to repeat this process in the wiring closet. I'm guessing they used a patch panel, so you won't need the KeyStone jack. I recommend wiring to an unused port if possible.

Tools and supplies needed to setup home ethernet [R]

2 years agoZephyrPro posted submission on HomeNetworking.
April 7, 2018

Sorry for creating so many threads, but the other one was cluttered and I wanted to focus this on what I'll actually need to buy in order to convert my home phone jacks into ethernet ports.

The setup that I'm planning on is to directly connect my modem (SB6141) to the coax drop line (in the basement), connect the modem to my router (RT-N66U), then my router to a switch. The switch will then be connected via patch cables to a patch panel and the patch panel will connect to the 7 cables that lead to different rooms in my house. I already have cables to connect my modem to router and router to switch. I have a WR-802N that I can use as an access point on the upper floors and I'm assuming that I can use the RT-N66U for wireless connection in the basement.

So assuming that I have no previous tools/supplies except a flat-head screwdriver, here's the list I created for what I need to buy:

So I just have a few questions before I pull the trigger:

  1. Some of the stuff I'm purchasing is labeled "Cat6" but my house is wired with Cat5e, there shouldn’t be any compatibility issues right?

  2. Are there any other useful tools or supplies that I should get? (or is there anything on my list I don't need?)

  3. I only chose an 8-port switch because it's way cheaper and I'll have exactly 8 cables connected to it for now. If I decide to add more cables in the future I could just buy another 8-port switch and have two switches connected to the router right?

Thank you to everyone who has helped me so far, I've learned a lot from this subreddit!

2 years agoZephyrPro posted comment on HomeNetworking.
April 8, 2018

I found this tool https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01E58M5EG that says it has a “BK blade.” From the pictures the BK looks exactly like a Krone blade to me though and after googling I wasn’t able to find any other tools with BK blades. Is it safe to assume it’s just Krone with a different name?

Dude, buy a punch tool. [R]

2 years, 3 months agosomeomega posted submission on techsupportgore.
Dec. 29, 2017
2 years, 3 months agosomeomega posted comment on techsupportgore.
Dec. 29, 2017

I have one of those in our company cable bag. It is my last choice before a screwdriver but does work. You can get this one($20) from Homedepot and it works pretty good. If you can wait for delivery, this one($14) on Amazon does a nice job.

Just got a new home, first time owning a basement. Wanting to start pondering the setup of utilizing some space down there as my central command for a home network [R]

2 years, 8 months agoI_will_draw_boobs posted submission on homelab.
Aug. 20, 2017

I don't have anything sketched out, nor have I purchased any equipment yet. This was a well taken care of home, the basement is very dry (for what a basement can be). It's 12 years old.

I've been running pfsense on an older laptop..and thinking of upgrading to an actual pfsense unit or similar that is low voltage and quiet. I use my Netgear Nighthawk, which was originally my router, as an access point now. There is a central box in the basement that seems to handle all the phone line cables and coax. I know there are two CAT5 ports in the home I am aware of...1 in the office and 1 near the kitchen. Now, it's 12 years old, I assume this is cat 5 vs cat5e. I have yet to investigate whether these are controlled from that box in the basement, and whether it would be worth re-running new cat5e or cat6 cable to replace them...I just don't know how much effort/trouble that would be. Ideally, I'd love to have my pfsense router and Comcast (ugh) modem down in the basement, in even if its a small rack. I have an Intel Nuc I run Plex Media Server on that has an external HDD connected.

I realize this post is vague on details and I apologize, but genuinely open to suggestions from anyone who has been in a similar situation and wanting to take advantage of a new setup/layout.

Edit - Just took some pics. Here they are. It appears it's CAT5e! http://imgur.com/a/diQuA

I just read about the Netgear Orbi. Worth it? Instead of running my Nighthawk somewhere on the 2nd level? It seems, based on this diagram...the cat5e runs into several rooms.

Are these good to go as is..or do I need to add something to them to become active? I ask..because I don't have my xfinity working yet. In the 3rd picture, the grey cable is labeled "kitchen" but noticed there are no wires next to it..does that mean it doesn't have an active cat5e connection?

Thanks

2 years, 8 months agoI_will_draw_boobs posted on homelab.
Aug. 21, 2017

Sorry if I'm confusing you. I'm pretty jacked up on coffee right now haha.

So yes, tone each port on that panel before you remove the wires with this Tool. After you have each blue cat 5 labeled, not the grays, you can save the grays to patch between the switch and the new panel actually, you use your punch down to pull the wires out with the hook part. With everything out, repunch the wires into the patch panel, making sure the pattern matches whats on the wall plate. A punch down tool like this one is nice but not required, to get the wires into the terminals. These are nice because it takes off the excess wire, but a knife can do this fine as well.

As for your last question. I would run up the studs if you could. Then you have a nice plate at the end at the wall. You could even get a multi port jack so you can plug all your items into that and have those go into a separate vlan on the switch.

Wiring old house for ethernet, am I missing anything [R]

2 years, 10 months agoottoguy82 posted submission on HomeNetworking.
May 31, 2017

Hello,

I am planning on wiring my house for ethernet and I wanted to post here and see if I was forgetting anything before I go buying stuff.

I will be running maybe 5 or 6 lines in the house and with my best rough estimation the longest run would be 25-40 meters. I know this is a large gap in length but the way my house is leveled, with walls lining up and different height attics, may cause some issues in wiring path once I start the operation.

Wall Brackets: http://www.homedepot.com/p/1-Gang-Non-Metallic-Low-Voltage-Old-Work-Bracket-Case-of-12-SC100RR/202197723

Wall Jacks: https://www.amazon.com/Cable-Matters-25-Pack-Keystone-Punch-Down/dp/B00IO3HEN6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1467172644&sr=8-1&keywords=cat6%2Bkeystone%2Bjacks&th=1

Wall plates: https://www.amazon.com/Cable-Matters-1-Port-Keystone-Insert/dp/B0072JVTZ2/ref=pd_sim_147_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B0072JVTZ2&pd_rd_r=MJ2XKDPXJJE6CCCJZRZT&pd_rd_w=mtoyk&pd_rd_wg=t3pcm&psc=1&refRID=MJ2XKDPXJJE6CCCJZRZT

8 port switch: https://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-Ethernet-Lifetime-Replacement-Unmanaged/dp/B00MPVR50A

Ethernet Cabling: https://www.monoprice.com/product?c_id=102&cp_id=10234&cs_id=1023401&p_id=13674&seq=1&format=2#QA

Assorted tools: https://www.amazon.com/Maxmoral-Crimper-Stripper-Connector-Ethernet/dp/B01J7S5X6Q/ref=sr_1_5?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1496254783&sr=1-5&keywords=ethernet+crimper

Am I missing anything, are any of these bad products that you wouldn't recommend? Any feedback at all would be greatly appreciated.

2 years, 10 months agoottoguy82 posted on HomeNetworking.
May 31, 2017

If you plan to do wireless access points you can use a poe switch to power them. With a managed switch rebooting the access point is as easy as turning the port on and off from the switch management. Always run 2 cables at least to each location. You will always find more things to plug in.

You will need a punch down tool for the keystones. Also to make it correct you should have a patch panel at the switch location to terminate the cables. punch down toolPatch PanelPatch Panel mounting bracket

Cat6 keystone issue [R]

3 years, 4 months agoJmullin5 posted submission on networking.
Dec. 11, 2016

Hello I have a dumb question. I am trying to put a keystone connector on and it does not seem to cut the wire when pushed. I have rebuilt it what seems like a dozen times with 2 different jacks. I am using a spring loaded push down tool.

I know my wire is good as it works fine if I put a standard male connector on. When I examine the failed wires, it's clear the insulation isn't cut, just smashed.

Any pointers? I am pulling my hair out!

UPDATE: I decided to lick my wounds and just buy one one these, I can make the male connections without issues. https://www.amazon.com/Cable-Matters-Keystone-Line-Coupler/dp/B00WKPK1B6/ref=sr_1_15?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1481508850&sr=1-15&keywords=female+to+female+cat+6 thanks for all your help.

3 years, 4 months agoJmullin5 posted on networking.
Dec. 11, 2016

Vastar Network Wire Punch Down Impact Tool with Two Blades - 110 and BK & Network Wire Stripper https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01E58M5EG/ref=cmswrcpapa_7DDtybSHVADW5

This is the tool I have.

How do I complete network? [R]

3 years, 5 months agozdiggler posted submission on techsupport.
Nov. 7, 2016

Hi all

I got some work done on my house recently and when rewiring it took the opportunity to network the place. I'm a couple of rooms I have one cable with no jack sticking out the wall.

What am I best doing here? Putting it into a port, and connecting via a cable or just sticking the jack on the end and put it into the computer

In the tv room where all the 4 cables converge and the cable router is, I've more cables than there are ports available as I'm using some for tv and consoles. So do I put each cable into a port and then cable them into a switch which goes to the router? Or again just stick jacks on the end and plug them into the switch.

Main concern is I don't want the cable to get yanked and rip out all the plaster.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks

Jamie

3 years, 5 months agozdiggler posted on techsupport.
Nov. 7, 2016

punch down tool.

https://www.amazon.com/Vastar-Network-Punch-Impact-Blades/dp/B01E58M5EG/ref=zgbs6396135011_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=86ZM49GHXCDNAYTMCYNQ