Cabling Health Checks

 

We can test existing copper and fibre networks for industry compliance.

 

Copper Cabling

The most common problems with installed structured cabling are return loss, cross talk, delay skew, attenuation and powersum equal level cross talk.

 

The most common fault when installing cables are reversed pairs and split pairs.

 

We can also test for cable length, broken pairs and network traffic. None of these faults will show up with a multi-meter or basic tester. All links must be tested with an industry compliant tester such as the Fluke DTX. This testing is crucial for network protocol compliance, speed and reliability.

 

Fibre Cabling

Compared to copper cables, fibre cable is relatively easy to diagnose. Attenuation or light loss is the main cause of fibre failure. However fibre cabling is more difficult to repair and utilises costly termination and diagnostic equipment.

 

Fibre cables have slight light loss at every joint or termination and if the fibre is curved beyond its recommended bend radius, but as long as the light loss over the length of the cable is within parameters set for the cable it will pass the test. This can be diagnosed with a light loss meter to measure the attenuation.

 

However, to fault find and diagnose the problem an Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) is required.

 

DataLAN have the expertise and equipment to diagnose and repair network cabling.

 

Please feel free to contact us to discuss your requirements in detail and to arrange a FREE site visit.

cabling health checks

Please feel free to contact us to discuss your requirements in detail and to arrange a FREE site visit.