Using Your Fox and Hound Premium Tone and Probe Kit
Whether the project is detecting faulty wires or tracing network cables, a reliable tone generator (tone) and inductive amplifier (probe) kit is essential to getting the job done. This applies whether you are a network technician, HVAC technician, cable installer, IT professional, electrical contractor, or DIYer. Most standard network tone and probe wiring tracing kits on the market, allow users to trace non-energized wires and cables by sending a signal from one end to another of a wire. These instruments can identify a wire within a bundle, behind wood floors, cement, drywall, metallic vents, air ducts, ceiling tile, and more.
Triplett offers a wide array of tone and probe kits including our model 3399 Fox & Hound Premium Tone and Probe Kit. The Triplett Fox & Hound Premium Tone & Probe Kit is a lightweight easy to use wire tracing kit, constructed with high-quality materials. The portable design allows you to trace wires whenever and wherever needed. With this tone generator and inductive amplifier kit, you can trace electrical wire, twisted pair, LAN cable, multi-conductor cable, telephone cable, and more. This kit can be used in residential, commercial, and industrial settings, plus can be used in server rooms, offices, homes, radio towers, cars, boats, submarines, and more! Not only does the Model 3399 trace standard electrical wires, but can test phone lines, act as a telephone ringer, and supply power to linemen’s talk-sets, great for phone linemen and contractors in the telecommunications industry.
Our Fox and Hound Model 3399 is built for convenience and safety; with you in mind! Features such as a magnetic backing on our Fox 2 tone generator, allow you to mount it during use. The Fox 2 toner also includes overload protection of up to 120 VAC in case you contact a live wire. The Hound probe has an LED tip for completing jobs in dark workspaces, and a rubber duckbill tip for safer and easier penetration into nests of cables and wire bundles. This duckbill is interchangeable with an, included, metal duckbill tip which offers increased sensitivity. The Hound 3 Probe, also features a standard 3.5 ml earphone jack to help you trace wires quietly in places such as offices and cubicle areas.
The Fox and Hound Premium Tone and probe kit consist of two devices:
First, is our Fox 2 audio-frequency tone generator - or toner, in which users can connect to one end of a cable to create a signal. The Fox 2 has three different tones for guiding the inductive amplifier to wires. The Fox 2 toner also, offers three methods of contactivity which are RJ11, RJ45, and alligator clips. Triplett's Fox 2 tone generator is different from various other models on the market due to its ability to provide visual and continuity tests, generate multiple tones (pulse or warble) and perform basic telephone line tests such as loop mA, line polarity, and ringing voltage. This toner also features TrueTrace Technology by Triplett that enables you to identify buried wires and cables easier and quicker; great for testing alarm sensors!
The second device is our lightweight streamlined design Hound 3 inductive amplifier - or probe, which detects the signal anywhere along the length of a cable or wire and creates an audible tone. It features adjustable sensitivity and can detect trace tones up to 12" away. It can sense the electrostatic field radiated by wires, hearing the signal from the Fox 2 tone generator. In general, the Hound 3 probe is used by bringing it into proximity with the wire/cable that the Fox 2 tone generator is connected to, listening for the tone signal from the FOX 2, and moving the HOUND 3 in such a manner as to increase the loudness of the tone signal from the HOUND 3’s speaker.
Using The Fox and Hound. Performing Basic Tests
When using the 3399 Premium Tone and Probe Kit, the first step is to hook up the Fox 2 tone generator alligator clips to the end of the cable, and power on/unlock the Fox 2 device. To apply power to the Fox 2, press the Unlock button down while sliding the Function switch from the OFF / POLARITY position to one of the other switch position. You should hear a pulse tone. The Power Latch feature of the Function switch prevents accidental turn-on of the FOX 2. Next, rotate the HOUND 3’s Sensitivity Control to its mid-position. Turn on HOUND 3 by pressing and holding the Power Button. Bring the HOUND 3’s probe (metallic or rubber duckbill tip) near the FOX 2’s alligator clips. The warbling signal from the FOX 2 should be heard in the HOUND 3’s Speaker. Adjust the Sensitivity Control for the desired loudness. Move the probe of the HOUND 3 closer to and farther away from the FOX 2’s alligator clips. Notice how the loudness of the warble sound increases, and how the brightness of the Signal Strength Indicator increases as the probe approaches the alligator clips.
General Rules for Effective Tracing
- Do what works best
- Try both LINE/GROUND and LINE/LINE tracing - Separate wires when possible.
- Move wires away from shielding when possible
- Un-terminate wire if necessary
- Turn off noise sources to reduce buzzing
More VDV Solutions by Triplett
Triplett’s VDV Test equipment is well known in the industry for high-quality toner and probe kits (Fox & Hound). That quality extends to all products in the range including easy to use filter. testers, basic cable testers, and highly accurate cable length meters!
Other Tone & Probe Kits
3388 - Fox & Hound HotWire™ Live Wire Tone & Probe Kit: Trace Live 120/220VAC Power Lines
3375 - Fox & Hound Jr™ Compact Tone & Probe Kit: Traces Security, Thermostat, Telephone, and Other Wiring Types
CTX690 - Network Toner and Probe Kit: Trace Active and Inactive Networks, Live or Dead Phone Lines
CTX590A - Wire Locator Kit with Inductive Toner Probe and Tone Generator: Traces Various Wire Types
CTX30 - Tone and Probe Wire Tracer and Circuit Tester: POTS Line Tip and Ring Testing 24VAC
CTX200PA - RJ45 and Coax Tester and Inductive Probe: Traces Wire Types and Performs TI1568 Test
|3399 Fox & Hound Premium||3388 Fox & Hound HotWire||3375 Fox & Hound Jr||CTX690||CTX590A||CTX30|
|Traces various types of unenergized cable including electrical wire, twisted pair, LAN cable, multi-conductor cable, telephone cable, alarm cable and more||Traces powered and unpowered wires from 0 ~ 250VAC, including 12, 24, 28, 120, 220, and 240VAC||Trace security, thermostat, data, telephone,audio
and other types of wiring
|Locate and trace cables on inactive or active networks, live or dead phone lines, as well as coaxial video cabling systems||Trace various unenergized cable types including: twisted pair, LAN, multi-conductor, telephone/alarm and unpowered electrical wire||Trace various types of unenergized cable including electrical wire, twisted pair, LAN, multi-conductor, telephone, alarm and more
3330 - TeleTalker™ 330 High-Performance Linemen's Test Set: Test Analog and POTS Phone Line and Systems
The Triplett TeleTalker™ 330 is a high-performance lineman's test set with a weather-resistant seal. This butt set offers many standard features not found on more expensive models like dedicated store / redial buttons, adjustable volume, Pulse and Tone dialing, and more.
The high impact and weather resistant case allows for this product to be used in all demanding industry settings and features a full 3-year warranty. The user-friendly layout helps installers get the job done effectively with ease. The TeleTalker™ 330 requires no battery for main use and can store up to 10 frequently dialed numbers. Complete with angled bed of nails (JS Popper) test clips.
BSX200 - Basic Butt Set Telephone Line Tester: Dial Tone, Dial Out, Caller ID Functions, and More
BSX200 Basic Butt Set is designed for people who occasionally need to deal with dial tone but don't require all of the features of an expensive model. The BSX200 provides the user with dial tone, dial out, Caller ID, the last number redial, on/off hangup button, flash button, DTM and FSK support, and three ways to connect to the line: an RJ11 connector, high-quality alligator clips, and an RJ11 coupler.
9615 - Line-Bug™ 4 Telephone Line Tester: Checks RJ-45 and RJ-11 Lines For Damaging Telephone Line Currents
The Triplett Line-Bug 4 is a simple tester to determine if there is a damaging telephone line current on RJ-11 and RJ-45 lines. Some LAN lines have telephone current on previously unused pairs. Pre-testing LAN lines with the Line-Bug 4 before testing with a LAN Tester may prevent damage to it. Checks RJ45 connections wired for 568A/B or USOC pinouts. Tests 1-, 2-, 3- and 4-line jacks. 4 Tri-color LEDs indicate Current, Polarity, and Ringing/AC Volts. Self-powered by line voltage.
RF Spectrum Analyzer
WFHOUND - Wi-Fi Hound™ 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz RF Spectrum Analyzer: See and Isolate Radio Interference, 2MP Camera, Android 7.0 OS
A full-featured WiFi Troubleshooter/RF Spectrum Analyzer at an affordable price. Triplett's WiFi Hound is a 2.4 GHz/5GHz spectrum analyzer designed to help you troubleshoot and isolate problems that impact the quality of your wireless networks. With its user-friendly display, you will properly analyze the wireless environment and successfully troubleshoot: see and isolate radio interference and document the problems by creating a custom-branded, high quality, detailed, full-color report for your client with the click of a button. This perfectly portable device is the ideal solution for field techs and wireless professionals. Designed for live environments and ideal for smart homes or businesses.
VDV Connector Patch Cables
CAT6A-1BK/WH -CAT6A 100BK/WH - CAT6A 10GBPS Professional Grade, SSTP 26AWG Patch Cable:
Professional Grade, Certified 10G, High-Performance CAT6A SSTP LSZH Contractor Packs feature Low-Smoke, Zero Halogen (LSOH/LSZH) for use in Data Centers and other Enterprise-class facilities. Each finished cable is tested and certified before shipping using a Fluke DTX-1800, including testing for Near-end Crosstalk (NEXT) and Return Loss (RLQ) to guarantee each cable meets or exceeds the TIA/EIA 568-C.2 standards. Choose between black and white colors and lengths of 1', 3', 5', 10', 25', 50', 75' and 100'. High-quality patch cables.