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A quick google search shows there seems to only exist handheld testers for 10/100 Ethernet ports. Any ideas why that is and where we could find one that works with a Gigabit LAN? Perhaps the 10/100 would work.

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closed as off topic by Lucas Kauffman, Ward, Zoredache, Mircea Vutcovici, sysadmin1138 May 3 '12 at 18:07

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A simple google reveiled this:… – Lucas Kauffman May 3 '12 at 17:49
Are you trying to test the cabling, or are you trying to test the switch ports/computers? If you are testing cabling, then you should be searching for a tester for a given cabling standard. – Zoredache May 3 '12 at 17:57
Product or service recommendations, including 'does this exist' questions, are off topic per the updated FAQ. They tend to be spam magnets for any company that DOES provide whatever is being searched for. – sysadmin1138 May 3 '12 at 18:08
My reason for posting this questions stems from the fact that a simple 10/100 cat5 tester can be found online for $39.00. (I know how to use Google) However, it does not claim to have the ability to test Gigabit ports. I find it puzzling that the device mentioned above in response to my question, and all the devices I was able to dig up, allows me to "request a quote", but not purchase. It's as if I was looking to purchase an X-ray machine. – drexel May 3 '12 at 18:59
A tester that you are getting for $39 is a simple continuity tester. You can get the same results with cheap Multimeter. While that type of tester is somewhat useful, it really doesn't tell you anything at all about the ability of the cable to transmit at a given speed. Any tester actually able to certify cables for CAT5/CAT6/etc specs is going to you cost somewhere in the $1,000-5,000 range. – Zoredache May 3 '12 at 19:29

There are true gigabit testers out there from Fluke, Blackbox, etc. but if all you are wanting to know is if the cable wiring is correct after you build a cable, then a 10/100 tester will work just fine.

Cat5e requirements are listed here: for reference...if your 10/100 tester can test and certify cat5e cables, then you are fine.

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