Network tools

What are the materials needed for network cabling?

The cable used in a network is determined by the network’s topology, protocol, and size. Networking cables come in various colors. The most common types of cables are Cat3, Cat5e, and Cat6.

The Top Essential Tools for Wire Installation

Cable Pullers and Tools

A cable puller is an essential tool for pulling Ethernet cable through ceilings, walls, and floors.

PVC Conduit Benders & Tubing Cutters

PVC/conduit benders are necessary to install conduit, and tubing cutters are needed to cut the correct length of tubing.

Ratchets and Wrenches

a ratchet is a hand tool used to turn a bolt or nut. In contrast, a wrench is a tool used to hold or rotate an object as simple as that.

Fish Stix, Hooks, and Cable Ties

Fish stix (or hooks) are used to assist in guiding the cable through tight spaces. Cable ties are used to attach cables to things and secure them.

Label Maker & Toner

A label maker is a handheld device that prints labels. Toner is the ink that is used in the label maker.

Cable Strippers and Wire Cutters

Cable strippers are used to stripping the insulation off of wires. Wire cutters are used to cut wires.


A multimeter is a device that helps to measure electrical voltage, current, and resistance.

Wire Map Tester

The wire map tester is a device used to test the continuity of wires.

Punch Down Tool

A punch-down tool is part of the hand tools for connecting wires to connectors or terminating cables.

Fiber Optic Tools

Fiber optic tools are used to install and terminate fiber optic cables.
These are some of the essential tools you will need for wire installation. You will be able to install wiring in your house or office easily if you have these tools.

Ratchets and Wrenches

A ratchet is a hand tool used to turn a bolt or nut. A wrench is a tool used to hold or rotate an object.

Manual Automatic Switch Boxes

A manual automatic switch box is a device that is used to switch between two different devices.


We use tape for several things, such as taping down cables, labeling cables, and holding lines together.

Cable Ties

Cable ties are used to fasten cables together and to objects.

Zip Ties

Zip ties are similar to cable ties, but they are made of plastic instead of metal.

Network Testers

Network testers, as the name applies, are used to test the performance of a network.
These are just a few of the essential tools for your wire installation project.
With these tools and materials, you should be able to install network cabling in your home or office properly.

Check out our other articles on cable kinds and networking standards for additional information on networking.

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