Testing patch panel

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Does anyone know how to test a patch panel without using any high-end equipment? I have a small lab in a small office....what should I know to be able to test a 24 port test panel?

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Option #1 – about $100, you can buy a continuity tester for RJ45 that would test all 8 wires through the panel and tell you, as you go through each jack, if any ports are bad. You would have to make a little jack off of the back of the panel where the punch downs are.
Option #2 – again, create a little jack off the back using a short cable and a receptacle, connect a hub to it. take a laptop and go through each jack on the front, as you move the jack on the back (punching it down over and over again) – to simulate a network connection through the panel.

Either way, there isn’t an especially easy solution.

I hope that helps!

David Davis

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  • megladonfiberoptics
    You may wish to use a cleaning product before testing also - here are some examples of different fiber network cleaning products 

    It is important to remove any kind of dust or particles from your fiber end face prior to connecting as to avoid further contamination. 
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  • ToddN2000
    If it's a standard patch panel, which just has jacks on the front that connect to identical jacks on the back, just connect a cable to the matching front & back connections and use a cable tester to make sure it's connected. Do that for each port.
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  • Bhavitratech

    Ping only tells you if data packets are dropping....

    Other things you may want to find out....like

    • If cables are over 100m (this only will lower bandwidth from 1Gbps to lower as the length increase)
    • Worn out cables 
      • physical check for work out cables, harden rubber cable casing
      • eye ball check for broken rubber cable casing, mouse or animal bite marks 
    • login to managed network switch
      • most switches have some form of "Cable tester" for each of the connected ports. 
      • Do note that some switches only have remarks like "Green or below 100m", "amber or more than 100m" and "red or causes issues"
      • port connectivity bandwidth shows 100Mbps and not 1Gbps
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  • Subhendu Sen

    Be cautious when using RJ-45, sometimes, the thing that seems to go wrong most often is damage to the RJ-45 jacks. It is necessary to inspect closely those with a strong light and eye-loupe.

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