September 21st, 2005, 09:37 AM
Must have tools and software
I've been kinda out of the loop for a while. I have some tools and I'm still trying to gather all the useful tools, hardware and software tools, that I'll need. I know the list will expand as I learn more, but I'd like to get some advice from some seasoned pros on here.
BTW, I'm pretty sure this subject has come up before. I just figured that something new may have come up.
Here are some things that I already have.
ESD strap - Of course a must have. I have to admit though, I have discharged myself on the power supply a few times.
Set up screw drivers - I have a prettty good collection of non magnetic screw drivers that I use. Being an electrician, I have pretty much every screw driver you would possibly need.
Compressed Air - I don't have very much left, but gotta keep my PC nice and clean.
Punch down tool - Always handy if you have to lay CAT 5 through your walls.
Crimping Tool - CAT 5 seems to always go bad. Even if it doesn't, it's also a lot cheaper and more efficent to make your own Straight Through or Cross Over Cables.
Fluke Meter - I use this all the time. Continuity is extremely important.
Well, those were off the top of my head.
If you all can help me put together a kit, that would be great.