What is a System Test or Short Loop Test?
The Short Loop Test or System Test is a simple test to determine if each component (Fence Transmitter, Collar Receiver and Boundary Wire) is functioning properly. You'll need a piece of unused boundary wire at least 4.6 metres long. Write down the settings for your Range Switch, Range Adjuster Knob, and Receiver Collar before starting the test.
- Remove the Receiver Collar from your pet. Make sure the battery is still good.
- Set the Range Switch to Low.
- Set the Receiver Collar stimulation level to level 2 or above.
- Disconnect the twisted boundary wire from the boundary wire terminals on the transmitter by pressing the red release levers on the connector and pulling the wires free.
- Insert the two ends of the test loop wire into the two boundary wire terminals on the transmitter. Lay test wire out in a loop.
- Turn the Range Adjuster control knob all the way up to 10 and then back down to 5
- Place the test light tool contacts on the contact points of the receiver collar. While holding the receiver collar with the test light tool in place, approach the wire from outside the loop, holding the collar 2 inches off the ground. Note the distance where the receiver collar activates from the wire.
- Turn the Range Adjuster control knob to 10 and repeat step 7. The distance where the receiver collar activates should be greater than the previous result.
- If more than one receiver collar is used on the system, repeat the above tests on each collar, holding each collar oriented the same way.
- When testing is complete, return the Range Switch and the Range Adjuster control knob setting to the original positions noted earlier.
- Remove the test loop wire. Reconnect the twisted boundary wire from the boundary wire terminals on the transmitter by pressing the red release levers on the connector and inserting the wires.
Interpreting the Results
If the power light or the loop indicator light are not both lit on the transmitter, or the alarm is on for any of the above tests, there is a problem with the transmitter. Contact us for assistance.
If both the power and loop indicator lights are on, but the receiver collar does not activate on the test loop wire, replace the battery in the Collar Receiver.
If the Collar Receiver still does not beep and the Test Light does not flash when tested after battery replacement, contact us for assistance.
If the transmitter power and loop indicator lights are on and the Collar Receiver beeps on the System Test, but not at your boundary, there may be a complete or partial break in the Boundary Wire. See the To Locate a Break in the Boundary Wire section for more information.
Note: Please note that some partial breaks do not cause the loop light to go out or the break alarm to activate, but can affect the signal. Be sure to check all splices, as many breaks in the wire occur in the area of the splices. When checking splices, look for any moisture or corrosion due to water getting to the wire.