Network Cabling Health Check

Data Network cabling testing
Network Cabling Health checks

Network Cabling Health Checks

When you are called to a site and presented with this you don’t need a fluke to prove this network cabling is not working to optimum performance.

However sometimes it may not be quite so evident that the data network cabling is not performing to the correct speeds for the category of installed cable.

Many clients have cabling installed and over the years move desks and equipment around along with the cabling within the data racks and associated patching.

So there are many opportunities in the life of a data network to suffer unintentional disturbance that can result in poor performance.

Network Cabling Testing

Fluke DTX testers are expensive and most IT managers don’t have access to one so it makes sense to call in a specialist data network company to perform the required testing (see below).

On completion of the testing full test results will be provided and any network cabling faults rectified.


Cable Types Shielded and unshielded Twisted Pair (STP, FTP, SSTP and UTP) LAN cabling:

  • TIA Category 4, 5, 5e, 6 and 6A : 100 Ω
  • ISO/IEC Class C and D: 100 Ω and 120 Ω
  • ISO/IEC Class E, F and FA: 100 Ω
Standard Link Interface Adapters Cat 6A/Class EA permanent link adapters:

  • TIA Cat 3, 4, 5, 5e, 6, 6A and ISO/IEC Class C, D, E and EA permanent link

Cat 6A/Class EA channel adapters:

  • TIA Cat 3, 4, 5, 5e, 6, 6A and ISO/IEC Class C, D, E and EA channels
Test Standards
  • TIA Category 3, 5e, 6 & 6A per ANSI/TIA-568-C.2
  • TIA Category 5 (1000BASE-T) per TIA TSB-95
  • TIA Category 6 per TIA/EIA-568B.2-1
  • TIA TSB-155 (DTX-1800 only)
  • ISO TR 24750 (DTX-1800 only)
  • ISO/IEC 11801 Class C, D, and E, EA & F(EA, F and FA DTX-1800 only)
  • EN 50173 Class C, D, E, EA & F (EA, F and FA DTX-1800 only)
  • IEEE 802.3 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T
  • IEEE 802.3an 10GBASE-T
Speed of Autotest Full 2-way Autotest of Category 6 Twisted-Pair links in 9 seconds
Full 2-way Autotest of Category 6A and ISO/IEC Class F links in 22 seconds
Supported Tests Parameters (The selected test standard determines the test parameters and the frequency range of the tests)Wire Map
Propagation Delay
Delay Skew
DC Loop Resistance
Insertion Loss (Attenuation)
Return Loss (RL), RL @ Remote
NEXT, NEXT @ Remote
Attenuation-to-crosstalk Ratio (ACR-N), ACR-N @ Remote
ACR-F (ELFEXT), ACR-F @ Remote
Power Sum ACR-F (ELFEXT), PS ACR-F @ Remote
Power Sum NEXT, PS NEXT @ Remote
Power Sum ACR-N, PS ACR-N @ Remote
Power Sum Alien Near End Xtalk (PS ANEXT)
Power Sum Alien Attenuation Xtalk Ratio Far End (PS AACR-F)
Cable Tone Generator Generates tones that can be detected by a tone probe such as a Fluke Networks IntelliTone probe. The tones are generated on all pairs. Frequency range on all pairs. Frequency range of tones: 440 Hz to 831 Hz