How to Use a Network Cable Tester How to Use a Network Cable Tester

What You'll Need
Network cable tester
Functioning network

The network cable tester is designed to calculate how well your high-speed network cables are performing. Poor performance in these cables can result in damage to work, poor Internet access, and general disruption to the network. There are a number of problems which can be sorted out by using the network cable tester, and it will certainly help you to save time trying to find software or hardware solutions. If you use a network cable tester in your home or office, then you may be unsure exactly how to use it, in order to get the best from it.

Step 1 - Connecting the Tester

While you can purchase network cable tester devices in a number of different forms and shapes, you will most certainly find that your machine has 2 different boxes, which are separate. These boxes are the transmitter and receiver. In order to test the network, you will need to plug the network cable into both ends of the box, one into the transmitter, and one into the receiver. These boxes are a model of your computer network, so you should be able to easily locate which box is which. Make sure that your cables are fully plugged in before you proceed to the test.

Step 2 - Beginning the Test

When you are ready, you begin the test by turning on the network cable tester device. The tester will send a signal from one end of the box to the other, and this will be the message which is relayed through the cable, much as would occur in your computer network. Keep the network cable tester connected to the cable at all times during the test, otherwise it will not work.

Step 3 - Read the Report from the Tester

While the message is being passed from one end of the cable to the other, the network cable tester will be examining the message for faults, and checking that the message has been properly received at the other end. If the tester concludes that this is not the case, and that something has gone wrong, you will find that the tester displays a number of red lights. The differences between the red lights and the green lights which mean that all is working well may not be the same from network cable tester to tester, but you should be able to work out exactly what the problem is with your cable by reading the instructions.

Step 4 - Reading the Problem

The different lights on your tester are used to send a signal to the person operating the machine. Your manual will give you a complete run-down of what the different patterns of lighting means, and if there is any problem with your cable that should be addressed. Once you have found the problem, remove the cable from the boxes, and return the tester to a safe place.

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