Testing A Network Cable

Cable networks are all around us. They are used everywhere you can think of – offices, stores, libraries, you name it – there is a cable network there to support the daily operations. Testing a network cable is an efficient method to verify cable quality and assure a new network is working properly; while in an existing cable network, it is a way to troubleshoot issues and help solve them.
Attaching a Connector on to an Ethernet Wire 2As networks are in growing use and demand, new cable types are developing to offer solutions to various needs. It is important that these new cables are proficient. It is also critical that the cables and materials used to constructs them are of high quality to minimize problems. This is where network cable tester comes handy.
Network cable testing equipment is mainly designed for professionals’ use. Some equipment tests the cable’s qualifications; other tests electrical levels and connectivity are functioning properly.
Certification-level testing is basic. The cable (or network) will simply pass or fail the test. There are no in-betweens. That means that the cable either meets industry standards or it does not.
Industry standards in North America are established by Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) or by International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Industry standards in Europe are different due to the differences in voltage used and the way the electrical systems are run. Over there, standards are established by International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).
Analyzers are the tools that are sued to test the cable/network. The analyzer tests specific levels of conductivity, connectivity, structural integrity and frequency supportiveness that the cable and/or network is required to meet (according to the current standards). Analyzers are primarily used by the manufacturer and other professionals to test the cable.
Qualification and Category testers are used to solve or locate problems that arise in existing networks. They usually test speed, connectivity and signal strength. Cable technicians can test a network speed, and verify the end user is truly receiving the speed they have subscribed for.
Verification testing tools are used to test for degeneration of preexisting systems as well as to assure all connections in a network system are solid. These tools focus on the system’s functionality.