Fluke Networks - The High Cost of a Low-Cost Cable Certification Tester

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"How much does it cost?" That is typically the first question a cabling contractor or network owner asks when considering a new certification tester for network cabling. It is an important question to consider and one that cannot be answered by looking at the price tag alone. A low-cost cable certification tester may cost up to a few thousand dollars less when originally purchased, but will typically cost the owner tens of thousands of dollars in lost productivity throughout the life of the tool.


In this paper, we unveil the myriad of high hidden costs you may encounter when using a "low-cost" tester.


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