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Data Cables Test Results

Hi Everyone,

I am just curious if anyone has a recommendation as how I can produce a test results from running several newly installed data cables (CAT6).  I have a wire mapper (which will tell me that the pins are fine and cables are properly terminated) and have all the tools to terminate a RJ45 and test it etc.  Just need to figure out how to provide at a test results reports.  I have seen some nice reports (similar to one like this: https://mirapath.com/copper-cable-testing-results-explained/) but if I don't have the tool, is there a way for me to print something like that and/or a freeware tool (or a tool not too expensive) that will allow me to test and print a result easily?

thanks in advance, LN

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To get the results cited at that web site professional grade testing equipment is required.  Such equipment incorporates things not found in the $150 wire tester, including a time-domain reflectometer.

Unless you're maintaining previously pulled and tied cable packages running more than 100 feet, it's easier and very much cheaper to throw away a hundred suspect cables than to purchase a good cable tester.
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Thanks Dr. Klahn. This would be a new 25 data cables install and requirement is to provide a test results.  One option would be for me to test it and create a table saying that ports tested successfully.  Just wouldn't be able to show a nicely automated report.
you need your network cables to be audited and verified.  These scanners cost between $2K and 4K i.e. Fluke Networks MicroScanner2 Professional Kit or the much cheaper TRENDnet TC-NT2 Network Cable Tester (under $50)

The Trendnet is basically a continuity checker while the Fluke MicroScanners can actually certify the network for different network speeds. and many other useful functions.

Personally I hire another company to certify the network or rent the equipment.
For me a simple test is
Continuous ping from 1 host to another one....no matter what it should always be <1ms
2nd test ...usually all the modern machines have a gigabit connection..so transferring a big file (>10gb) it should be always >= 100 mb/s...and this should be steady (there are some cases that the NiC driver would perform badly and you will see slower speeds but these should be rare cases)
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