[Q] How do I test CAT 5 Patch Cables?
[A] Depending on the application, you may have only simple testing
requirements to ensure you have a good cable; however, there
are many situations that require very specific data about the
cable and how it performs.
of the main concerns when testing a CAT 5 Cable will be to verify
a correct wire map. If you have a patch cable that is not working,
you need to start with the basics - was it made right to begin
wire map test will show how the cable is terminated into the
RJ45 plug, and you will instantly see if you have any basic
connectivity issues. Even the most basic test meters you can
buy are able to distinguish if you have a faulty wire, split
pair or any other common cable issue.
some applications, you might need to measure the length of the
cable compared to the intended size. While test meters are able
to perform this function, I would not rely on a test meter to
give an accurate reading of a cable length. Many professionals
in the field have verified that even the most expensive equipment
often will have trouble providing an exact length. The length
measuring feature seems to mainly be helpful in determining
the approximate length of a cable so you do not have to unroll
it and try to manually measure it.
newest, most advanced test meters are able to provide a great
deal of technical information about the cable itself, aside
from the physical integrity. Many of these characteristics are
only going to be critical if you are certifying a network, or
have some specialized need for this information.
data on these various tests and terminology can be found within
the main help page.
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