A wire map test may seem like the most basic test for copper network cabling and therefore one of the least important, but it is actually one of the most critical.And while the pair colors of blue, orange, green and brown might help you pass wire map testing, the test itself really doesn’t care about color at all.
So you came across some Category 6 cable available online for practically half what you've been paying for that brand name.It claims TIA-568-C compliance, includes the UL listing mark and even has a ETL verification legend printed right on the cable.Before you get too excited, you might want to make sure that cable isn't made with copper clad aluminum (CCA).
All over the news and social media, 2016 has gotten a pretty bum rap.
With everything from shootings, terrorist attacks and the weirdest presidential election in history, to exploding cell phones, scary clown threats and numerous celebrity deaths, 2016 has been denoted as the worst year ever.
The only way to get correct values when performing Tier 2 testing of duplex fiber links with an OTDR is via bidirectional testing that averages the measurements taken from both ends of the link.
Bidirectional testing used to involve testing the fiber from one end, walking the OTDR to the other end to test again and then averaging the two values to get the results—and it had to be done for each link.
It felt like a Monday morning when the call, actually an e-mail, came in.“I think my DSX is broken!”As you know, they are really tough machines and, when it looks like the Fluke is wrong, usually it isn’t.
“What makes you think it is broken?”I asked, “How does this failure manifest itself?”
“The tester is failing links that used to pass.”