What is a network cable tester?
A network cable tester is a piece of equipment used to test and check network cables for their signal strength and connectivity, helping to identify any problems that may affect the performance of the network.
There are a few considerations to make when looking for a network cable tester these include: the type of cable requiring testing, the type of connector the cable uses and the level of information you require. Basic network cable testers will simply test cable pin-outs while more advanced testers can test both copper and fibre cables and provide full performance data for individual cables.
What network testing tools are required to test a patch cable?
The network testing tools needed to test a patch cable vary depending on the type of patch cable being tested. For testing both copper or fibre patch cables a network cable tester is required, how advanced this tester is will depend on the level of information needed from the test.
Network testing equipment, simple or advanced, consists of two units – A transmitter and a receiver. The two parts are connected by the cable to be tested and the test performed. Simple copper cable testers are usually only able to check the connectivity of cable and ensure the pin-outs correspond, whilst advanced models such as the WireXpert 4500 not only test copper but can also test fibre cables to. Furthermore, it provides detailed information that can be used to certify that particular cable’s performance. Other network testing tools that can be include Visual Fault Locators and OTDRs used for testing fibre optic networks.
Is the WireXpert 4500 cable certifier an alternative to the DSX-5000 Fluke network cable tester?
Fluke network cable testers are a leading solution for testing and certifying various types of network cables, with the Fluke DSX-5000 being one of their popular models. However, there are many alternatives to this including the WireXpert 4500 cable certifier. The WireXpert 4500 is the first cable certifier with the capability to certify the highest performance cabling systems in enterprise networks and data centres, with certification testing up to Class FA and CAT8 copper cabling.
On top of this it is also capable of testing MPO/MTP, SM, MM, MMEF fibre optic cabling and M12 and X-Coded M12 industrial Ethernet cables. All of this made possible by interchangeable adapters that enable you to configure the WireXpert 4500 for the cables you are testing. The WireXpert 4500 is the first cable certifier to provide cable certification up to 2,500MHz, that supports the new TIA CAT8 and ISO Class I and II draft standard, the Fluke DSX-5000 only supports up to 1,000MHz or Class FA. The WireXpert 4500’s accuracy is independently verified by ETL and exceeds many of ISO / TIA level requirements. It is the only certifier supporting all data centre, premise cabling and industrial Ethernet requirements, and provides advanced reporting and documentation. Other advantages it has over the DSX-5000 Fluke network cable tester include: touchscreens on both Local and Remote units with full graphical test results, smaller, lighter hand-held units, single component adapters, lower cost replacement PL test cords, and wider range of adapters.