How To Test a Cat 5 Cable for Gigabit Transfer

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How To Test a Cat 5 Cable for Gigabit Transfer
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Category 5 cable, often simply called cat 5, is the least preferred standard that provides support for up to 100MHz operation for Ethernet connections. It can still be utilised for 10/100 Ethernet connections without issue, but it is unstable for longer runs of 1000 MbE or 1Gb Ethernet transfer. To ensure functionality, users must test the cat 5 cable they are using to determine if it is capable of transferring 1000 MbE or 1Gb Ethernet at any existing connection.

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Things you need

  • DTX CableAnalyzer

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  1. 1

    Obtain a cat 5 cable from a computer store to test on your cable analyzer. The most common tests for network cabling include length, loop resistance, return loss and wire map.

  2. 2

    Connect cat 5 cables to your router to establish a network connection. You may now also set up your CableAnalyzer by selecting the applicable cable type and test standard after attaching your cat 5 cable. In this case, designate the test for cat 5 and gigabit transfer specifically.

  3. 3

    Run the first AutoTest for your cat 5 cable's wire map, length, delay skew, insertion loss and other functions. The CableAnalyzer will perform more than 89,000 frequency-based measurements on your cat 5 network connection. Save the test results and move on to the next cat 5 cable.

  4. 4

    Download the results to LinkWare. This should display the functionalities of your cat 5 cable, including its ability to transfer 1000 MbE or 1 Gigabit.

  5. 5

    Create and print out the reports transferred from the CableAnalyzer to LinkWare and freely distribute them to your technician for proper implementation.

Tips and warnings

  • Run cable over distances up to 100 meters with their designated connection speed.
  • You can mix different cable types as long as the minimum cable category supports the maximum speed of your network. Note that all cables are backward compatible with prior Ethernet standards.
  • You can make your own cable if you require varying lengths for your Ethernet set-up.
  • Since cat 5 cable is the least preferred standard, order the higher cable categories such as cat 5e or cat 6.
  • Do not use cable that is rated less than the maximum speed of the network.
  • Do not crimp or staple cable because this can easily break it, and it is very hard to track down the failing source.

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