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In which of these situations would you be most likely to use a punch-down tool?

A) Installing a new SATA drive

B) Replacing a motherboard

C) Installing a new network connection

D) Printing to a network printer

E) Your new employee is Glass Joe

The answer: C) Installing a new network connection

A punch-down tool is used to securely install loose twisted pair wires into a wiring block. With one “punch” of the tool, the wire is pushed into the block the excess wire is cut. If you’re installing new network drops, you’ll become very familiar with the punch-down process.

Want to know more? Watch “Network Troubleshooting Tools.”

The process of troubleshooting the network may require additional tools to solve the problem. In this video, you’ll learn about using crimpers, cable testers, loopback plugs, punch-down tools, toner probes, and wireless locators.