Network cabeling issue
Posted on 2008-10-15
I have a strange problem. Basicaly I have jsut taken over the network in our new building from the building company. And I am having problems with the network cabeling.
basicaly we started getting some of our PC's dropping there network connection a few times each day. And when testing it with a Network IQ tester I get bad terminations at the floor port end of the cabeling. However I have had the company back in and when they test the cables with there tester it all looks fine.
when I went back to the points I have noticed that if i move the testers slightly in the points, some times the test pass and some times they fail. which suggests to me that the problem is with the sockets them selves and not a termination error, just the leads don't sit in them snugly and there are lose connections.
My question is how can I prove that the floor ports are at fault? I can swap patch leads and swith the ports in the switch, but the problem is intermittent so it is very hard to prove where the problem lies. but common sence, a few years of networks under my belt and a very strong hunch tell me that it the floor ports.
Dose any one know of some softwear that I can load on to a pc/'s that can monitor the link over time and tell me any problems that get thown up. windows event viwer shows network errors but about losing connection to the DC's and dhcp. not about actuly network drops.
I am also gettign a lot of aligment erros on the switch but this may indicate cabeling problems but it is not proof of it.
Any idea how I can get a definitive answer either way. If i can show the floor ports are at fualt it would cost this company about £60k+ so as you can understand i want to be absoultly sure it is there responsability before I take it any further.