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Aug 30 2008   5:16AM GMT

A cool tool to solve layer 1 UTP cable issues in Cisco Catalyst Switches.

Yasir Irfan Yasir Irfan Profile: Yasir Irfan

Here is a simple and cool tool for solving layer 1 UTP cable issues in a Cisco Catalyst Switches, the command used for this function is “test cable-diagnostics tdr interface”
Here is the example

MBGF-DAC-3560-AS01#test cable-diagnostics tdr interface gigabitEthernet 0/1
TDR test started on interface Gi0/1
A TDR test can take a few seconds to run on an interface
Use ‘show cable-diagnostics tdr’ to read the TDR results.
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The Catalyst 2960, 2970, 3560/3560-E, and 3750/3750-E switches have an integrated Time Domain Reflector (TDR), which is used to test cables associated with a port. TDR is supported only on 10/100/1000 and some 10/100 (Catalyst 2960) copper Ethernet ports. It is not supported on 10 GigabitEthernet or SFP module ports.

A TDR test can take a few seconds to run on an interface. Use “show cable-diagnostics tdr” to read the TDR results.

MBGF-DAC-3560-AS01#sho cable-diagnostics tdr interface gigabitEthernet 0/1
TDR test last run on: August 30 08:01:35

Interface Speed Local pair Pair length        Remote pair Pair status
——— —– ———- —————— ———– ——————–
Gi0/1     1000M Pair A     54   +/- 4  meters Pair A      Normal             
                Pair B     52   +/- 4  meters Pair B      Normal             
                Pair C     53   +/- 4  meters Pair C      Normal             
                Pair D     54   +/- 4  meters Pair D      Normal             
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