Tools to qualify and test CAT5e cabling / termination
Posted on 2014-04-03
What kind of tools can I use to *properly* qualify CAT5e cabling in a building and certify it for gigabit network traffic (well, not officially certify, but at least provide some concrete evidence that I can personally have confidence in)?
I have a network with 30-40 network points, and I'm worried that it has some underlying flaws - cable runs that are too long, terminations that are poor or incorrect, wires crossed, generally not adhering to best practices etc. which is causing intermittent physical network connectivity issues.
I'm going to be re-terminating the network with a new patch panel and new jacks on both ends, but I want some concrete evidence that
1) there really was a problem with the original wiring, and
2) it's much better now
So... I'm looking to for a tester of some kind that does something more than just a simple wiremap test.
What kind of tools should I be looking at?
I know these kind of network qualifying tools are expensive ($2000+), do you know where I can rent them? Preferably in Canada?