Lan port test

Terryl

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Anyone know of a device or way to test the LAN ports on a router and switch, I need to check the in/out levels and is that port weak or having problems.

Why??? I had some mice problems by them chewing into the CAT5 cables and shorting them out.

System setup is as follows.....WAN modem to router, router has WIFI and 4 gigabit LAN ports, output of LAN ports on router go to 3 network switches and one main connected computer, outputs of switches go to multiple computers, 3 satellite receivers a Bluray player, a network attached storage device, 2 security DVR's, and a radio hot spot.

All equipment LAN ports on attached equipment have been tested using a second standby router, the switches need to be tested, the same with the LAN ports on the router, CAT 5 cabling is being tested.

I need someway to test the outputs of the router and switches to see if they are weak (low output levels) or in someway damaged, all the test equipment I have is for checking the continuity of the CAT 5/6 cable, I have no way to test an active router or switch LAN port.

All computers connected with WIFI work fine with out problems.

So I need someway to test the LAN ports to see what what.

Any ideas????
 
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If the standby router works, why not keep the original as the spare?

I picked up a 24 way router in a charity shop for a fiver a couple of years ago, Netgear.
 
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Why not use a wired broadband checker test on your laptop/PC , swopping the ethernet cable on each port of the switch ?

Long winded, but you will get figures of up/down speed, whichever port differs by a wide margin is most likely the suspect one.
 
Terryl

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The standby router is very very old all it has is WEP security on the WIFI, and I would not trust it for very long as the primary, I have a new one on the way.

I can try the laptop speed test and see what happens, I was looking for something that would plug into the LAN poert and give a go no-go LED readout, but have not been able to find something cheap.
 
Terryl

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Terryl

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Yah something like that, I can do the loop-back plug but the other software stuff is beyond me.(I'm a hardware guy)

It would be nice if there was something that one could buy with software to test the in/out levels of the LAN ports, I suspect that the short in the cable may have done some sort of damage to a switch, I don't want to start replacing switches, don't have the budget for that.
 
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It would be nice if there was something that one could buy with software to test the in/out levels of the LAN ports, I suspect that the short in the cable may have done some sort of damage to a switch, I don't want to start replacing switches, don't have the budget for that.

If you weren't on Mars I would post one out to you.
 
Terryl

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Yah it would cost you more in shipping then for me to go buy one.
 
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