The company where I work is building special twisted pair network cables. Those cables need to be tested for function and performance (100/1000 Base-T). Since we only produce small batches of those cables we do not own a hardware cable tester. The testing is currently done by using two PCs and transferring some data to measure the speed.
We want to simplify this setup to only use one PC but could not prevent the OS (Windows) from using the localhost loopback for data transfer and therefore are unable to test the cable itself.
Is there some software (Linux or Windows based) that is able to test a network cable by using one PC that is having two network cards installed?