Best Network Cable Tester: Top List in 2018!

Network Cable Tester
Written by Ken Coul

Whether you are a professional network technician or home-based DIY enthusiast with technical knowledge, you will need a good cable tester for all your networking troubleshooting and testing operations.

Top-Rated Network Cable Tester List:

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1. Klein Tools VDV501-823 Cable Tester, VDV Scout Pro 2 Traces and Tests Coax, Data, Telephone Cable with Remotes1. Klein Tools VDV501-823 Cable Tester, VDV Scout Pro 2 Traces and Tests CoaxThis is the Klein Tools VDV501-823 Cable Tester, VDV Scout Pro 2 Traces and Tests Coax

  • Tests voice (RJ11/12), data (RJ45) and video (F-connector) coax connections

  • Test for open, short, miswire or split-pair faults

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2. NETSCOUT LSPRNTR-300 LinkSprinter 300 Network Tester with WiFi and Distance to Cable Fault Indication2. NETSCOUT LSPRNTR-300 LinkSprinter 300This is the NETSCOUT LSPRNTR-300 LinkSprinter 300 Network Tester with WiFi

  • Expert network troubleshooting techniques delivered to color graded LEDs

  • Automated reporting to Link-Live Cloud Service

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3. T3 Innovation NP750 Net Prowler Cabling and Advanced Network Tester3. T3 Innovation NP750 Net Prowler Cabling and Advanced Network TesterThis is the T3 Innovation NP750 Net Prowler Cabling and Advanced Network Tester

  • Supports IPV4 and IPV6 protocols

  • Detects presence of PoE and class of PoE per IEEE 802.3af

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4. Fluke Networks CIQ-100 Cable Tester4. Fluke Networks CIQ-100 Cable TesterThis is the Fluke Networks CIQ-100 Cable Tester

  • Works on live networks to provide Ethernet switch detection and device configuration

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5. TRENDnet VDV and USB Cable Tester TC-NT35. TRENDnet VDV and USB Cable Tester TC-NT3This is the TRENDnet VDV and USB Cable Tester TC-NT3

  • Tests voice, data, video, and USB cables

  • Identifies severed, short circuit, and cross-connected pins

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6. Scout Pro 2 with Stripper and Connectors Klein Tools VDV501-0986. Scout Pro 2 with Stripper and Connectors Klein Tools VDV501-098This is the Scout Pro 2 with Stripper and Connectors Klein Tools VDV501-098

  • Utilize the 5 LanMap™ and 5 CoaxMap™ Location Remotes to identify cable runs

  • Test for open, short, miswire or split-pair faults

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7. Noyafa NF-8601W-A Multi-functional Network cable tester For RJ45, RJ11, BNC, PING/POE 8 Identifier7. Noyafa NF-8601W-A Multi-functional Network cable tester For RJ45This is the Noyafa NF-8601W-A Multi-functional Network cable tester For RJ45, RJ11, BNC

  • Trace targeted cable

  • PoE / PING testing

  • Locate faults for RJ11/RJ45/BNC

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8. C2G/Cables to Go 26847 LANtest Pro Remote Network Cable Tester with Tone and Probe8. C2G/Cables to Go 26847 LANtest ProThis is the C2G/Cables to Go 26847 LANtest Pro Remote Network Cable Tester

  • Easy to read fault display and high-speed testing

  • Built-in tone generator

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9. Ideal Industries R158003 VDV II Pro Network Tester9. Ideal IndustriesThis is the Ideal Industries R158003 VDV II Pro Network Tester

  • Analog Tone Generator

  • Voltage Protection

  • Shielded Cable Testin

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10. NETSCOUT AIRCHECK-G2 Wireless Tester, Wi-Fi Tester10. NETSCOUT AIRCHECK-G2 Wireless Tester, Wi-Fi TesterThis is the NETSCOUT AIRCHECK-G2 Wireless Tester, Wi-Fi Tester

  • A one-button AutoTest

  • Verify Network Connection Quality

  • PING gateway, DHCP server, and user-defined addresses

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What makes the best ethernet cable tester? Accuracy and Functionality, bottom line, functionality. The best cable tester will always come with a plethora of features that provide comprehensive functionality. Add to this the necessity for accurate readouts, and once you have an accurate and fully functional device, you will have one of the best network cable testers that the market can deliver.

Remember, however, there is no real best network cable tester, products are constantly upgrading, and “best” is subjective when comparing identical devices that perform exceptionally well.

So, here is a list of the 10 best network cable testers that I tested, and consider to be the top models of the market today.

Best Network Cable Tester Reviews:

1. Klein Tools VDV501-823 Cable Tester, VDV Scout Pro 2 Traces and Tests Coax, Data, Telephone Cable with Remotes

The VDV Scout® Pro 2 Tester Kit combines a lot of applications, including voice, data and video cable testing that locates and tests coax, data and telephone cables. Using the remotes, you can also identify multiple cable runs.

This kit comes with the Scout® Pro 2 Tester, a self-storing remote, and five LanMap™ RJ45 Location Remotes. It also includes five CoaxMap™ F-connector Location Remotes and a coax barrel F adapter.

This device provides you with voltage warning, shield detection, auto power off, low battery indicator and a self-storing remote. It also provides you with video (F-connector) coax connections, and tests voice (RJ11/12), and data (RJ45).

You can identify cable runs with LanMap™ and CoaxMap™ components.

This device is compatible with Test-n-Map™ Remotes.

Specifications

  • Overall Length: 5” (63.5 mm)
  • Overall Height: 75” (69.9 mm)
  • Batteries:  (1) 9V
  • Supported Remotes: (5) F-Connector CoaxMap ID/RJ45 LanMap ID
  • Connection & Adapter: (1) Coax Push-On Female to Female F Adapter
  • Tone Generator: 4 Tones
  • Cable Identification: Includes 5; Supports up to 19 remote locators
  • Test & Measure Types: Continuity; Miswire Detection; Open Fault Detection; Short Fault Detection; Split Pairs Detection; Shield Detection
  • Included: VDV Scout® Pro 2 Tester VDV501-098, LanMap™ Cable Identification Location Remotes-5, CoaxMap™ Cable Identification Location Remotes-5, Coax Barrel F Adapter (Female to Female)-1, 9V Battery

 

 

2. NETSCOUT LSPRNTR-300 LinkSprinter 300 Network Tester with WiFi and Distance to Cable Fault Indication

The LinkSprinter network tester is a comprehensive testing unit that will identify all issues within 10 seconds. It also links up to Link-Live Cloud Service Essentials which records all data and creates documentation for every link.

This device will give you VLAN, switch name, and port information through CDP, LLDP, and EDP. It will send you all the test results to your e-mail.

With proxy support, you get five core network tests with this Power Over Ethernet (PoE) Tester. As a PoE, you can operate this device without batteries, and check phone power, and security camera or Access Point through specific ports.

This model also performs switch tests, that indicates the switch name, model, slot, port and VLAN connected to via CDP, LLDP, and EDP.

You can also check if the DHCP server is running and how responsive it is. This is done by requesting an IP address, getting the subnet information, DNS troubleshooting, and identifying the DNS and default gateway. Obviously, you can ping the device to verify the gateway and router address.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 36” x 1.6” x 1.28” (11.07 cm x 4.06 cm x 3.25 cm)
  • Weight with batteries 255 lb (0.116 kg)
  • Power:  2 AA Alkaline, or Power over Ethernet
  • Operating Temperature 32°F to 122°F (0°C to 50°C )
  • Relative Humidity 5% to 90% Non-condensing
  • Storage Temperature -4°F to 140°F (-20°C to 60°C)
  • Shock and Vibration Random 2g, 5Hz – 500 Hz (class 2), 1 m drop
  • Operating Altitude: 13,123 ft. (4,000 m)
  • Storage Altitude: 39,370 ft. (12,000 m)
  • WIFI Compliance IEEE 802.11b/g
  • Frequency Channels 11 Channels 1 thru 11 default is 11
  • Operating Frequency 412 ~ 2.484 GHz, ISM Band
  • Regulatory Domain EN 301 489-1/17
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 9.0, Firefox 3.6, Chrome 5.0, Safari 5.1

 

 

3. T3 Innovation NP750 Net Prowler Cabling and Advanced Network Tester

The Net Prowler™ Cabling and Advanced Network Tester is an advanced version of the Cable Prowler™ that lets you identify, monitor, and troubleshoot physical layer and link conditions LAN issues.

This device supports and pings IPV4 and IPV6 and URL addresses, and verifies DHCP and DNS connectivity. It uses CDP, LLDP, NDP, and VLAN detection, and provides TCP/UDP Throughput Testing.

This model works with PoE and detects the class of PoE per IEEE 802.3af/at with load test for voltage drop. It also detects and reports active ethernet drops up to 1 Gbps with current link speed and link capabilities.

You get a link light that makes the hub/switch/router port identification easier. This model supports 8 network and telephone cables tests and ID remotes, as well as supporting mapping remotes for up to 20 networks and coax ID-only.

You get the ability to define the network test name and cable name, and you can save and print all results.

Specifications

  • Measurement: Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR)
  • Cable Measurements Cable Testing and ID: up to 1000 ft (305 m)
  • Split Pair Detection: 3 ft (1 m) to 1,000 ft (305 m)
  • Length Measurement: 0 to 1,500 ft (457 m), ± (5%+1ft)
  • Power over Ethernet
    • Tests for IEEE 802.3af and IEEE 802.3at (PoE Plus) compliant PoE
    • Tests for classes and loads cable up to 25.5 watts
    • (at class 4) Identifies Mode A or B (pairs with PoE)
    • Active Ethernet Indicates advertised speeds of 10/100/1000base-t half or full duplex
    • Can Link to network at 10/100base-t
  • Maximum Voltage
    • RJ Jack: 66 Vdc or 55 Vac
    • F-connector: 50 Vdc or Vac
  • Save Test Results Stores up to 250 Cable or network tests with user defined names
  • Tone Generation Tone Frequencies: 730 Hz and 1440 Hz
  • Languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian
  • Battery Life
    • Alkaline 6 x AA, 9VDC, 2,200 mA-hr
  • Operating – 20 hours typical
  • Standby – Life of battery (20uA max)
  • Altitude 10,000 ft (3048 m)
    • Temp: 32 to 122°F (0 to 50°C)
    • Storage: -22 to +140°F (-30 to 60°C)
  • Humidity: 10 to 90% non-condensing
  • Enclosure: High-strength PC/ABS plastic with V0 rating with boot
  • Size: 85”H x 3.6”W x 6.8”L (4.7 x 9.15 x 17.3 cm)
  • Weight With batteries: 1 lb 2 oz (510 g)

 

 

4. Fluke Networks CIQ-100 Cable Tester

The CableIQ qualification tester a cabling bandwidth teste. This Ethernet network cable tester provides troubleshooting for copper cabling media; twisted-pair, coax, and audio copper qualification and qualifies Ethernet network cabling speed at 10, 100, 1000 and VoIP.

This device operates on live networks providing ethernet switch detection and device configuration and will measure the network capacity of  10 Meg, 100 Meg, and 1 Gig determining support for VoIP, data, and video.

The CableIQ comes with an advanced troubleshooting diagnostic array that includes ; insertion loss, crosstalk, noise issues, as well as providing essential troubleshooting features, including; length, distance to fault, graphical wire mapping, opens, shorts, power over Ethernet (POE) detection.

You can also locate and trace cables with digital toning technology.

Specifications

  • Cable types supported UTP, STP, FTP, SSTP, RG6, RG59, audio and security
  • Qualification autotests 1000BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 10BASE-T, VoIP, 1394b S100, TELCO, Wiremap only, Coax
  • Supported tests Wiremap, length, cable signal performance, digital toner, analog toner, Ethernet port detection and identification, analog telephone detection, blink port light, continuity, speaker test, cable fault finding, video signal detection.
  • Results storage Up to 250 qualification test results
  • Power 4 AA (NEDA 15A, IEC LR6) alkaline batteries
  • Battery life 20 hours of typical use, without backlight
  • Dimensions 7in x 3.5in x 1.75in (17.8cm x 8.9cm x 4.5cm)
  • Weight 2 lb (0.55 kg)

 

 

5. TRENDnet VDV and USB Cable Tester TC-NT3

The TRENDnet’s model TC-NT3 VDV & USB Cable Tester is a comprehensive device that accurately tests various voice, data, video, and USB cables. For up to 300 meters, this model accurately identifies proper, severed, short circuit, and cross-connected pins. For extra ease and speed the device has a quick test mode that gives large test batches pass/fail.

This model comes with a blinking Hub and Switch Mode that identifies connected hub and switch ports. It also tests shielded cables, comes with a continuous scan mode that accommodates testing with cable ends in different locations. There is also a manual scan designed for loopback cable testing

The TC-NT3 is engineered for speed and provides large cable quantity testing.

Specifications

  • Test Pin Configuration:
    • RJ45 EIA, TIA-568A/568B, and crossover cables,
    • RJ9, RJ11, RJ12, RJ14, RJ25, RJ45, and RJ61,
    • USOC 2, 4, 6, and 8,
    • Coax Video-BNC and CATV-F,
    • USB 3.0, USB 2.0
  • Transmitter Unit Interface:
    • 1 x RJ port
    • 1 x USB 3.0/2.0 Type-A port
    • 1 x USB 3.0/2.0 Type-B port
    • Test button
    • Mode button
    • On/off button
    • LED indicators
    • Battery compartment
    • Receiver unit attachment port
    • Remote Unit Interface
    • 1 x RJ port
    • 1 x USB 3.0/2.0 Type-A port
  • Tone Frequency : 600 – 1,000 Hz
  • Transmitter power: 9 V DC battery (not included)
  • Remote unit power: No power needed
  • Operating Temperature:0 – 50 °C (32 – 122 °F)
  • Operating Humidity 95% non-condensing
  • Transmitter size: 117 x 67 x 27 mm (4.6 x 2.6 x 1.1 in.)
  • Remote unit size: 57 x 30 x 27 mm (2.2 x 1.2 x 1.1 in.)
  • Transmitter weight: 144 g (5.1 oz.)
  • Remote unit weight: 26 g (0.9 oz.)

 

 

6. Scout Pro 2 with Stripper and Connectors Klein Tools VDV501-098

The VDV SCOUT Pro 2 model VDV501-098 tests j11/12, data Rj45 and Video F-connector Coax connections. This model tests for open, short, miswire or split-pair faults. It comes with the Klein tools proprietary test-n-map remote that tests, maps, and ids Cable run in a one step.

This model traces cables, wire pairs, and individual conductor wires. It also provides voltage warning, shield detection, auto power off, low battery indicator and a comes with a self-storing remote.

This mode is compatible with Test-n-Map™.

Specifications

  • Overall Length: 5” (63.5 mm)
  • Overall Height: 75” (69.9 mm)
  • Batteries: (1) 9V
  • Supported Remotes: (5) F-Connector CoaxMap ID/RJ45 LanMap ID
  • Connection & Adapter Types: (1) Coax Push-On Female to Female F Adapter
  • Multiple Style Tone Generator: 4 Tones
  • Cable Identification: Includes 5; Supports up to 19 remote locators
  • Test & Measure Types: Continuity; Miswire Detection; Open Fault Detection; Short Fault Detection; Split Pairs Detection; Shield Detection
  • Included: VDV Scout® Pro 2 Tester VDV501-098, LanMap™ Cable Identification Location Remotes-5, CoaxMap™ Cable Identification Location Remotes-5, Coax Barrel F Adapter (Female to Female)-1, 9V Battery

 

 

7. Noyafa NF-8601W-A Multi-functional Network cable tester For RJ45, RJ11, BNC, PING/POE 8 Identifier

The Noyafa NF-8601W is a Multi-functional Network cable tester that will detect all RJ45, RJ11, BNC, PING/POE 8 issues. It comes with PoE and PING testing capabilities and has a trace target cable function to pinpoint the exact cable needed.

This mode comes with a port flash function help that will trace a LAN cable that is visually connected to a switcher or router without the use of a receiver.

Capable of scanning cable on the PoE switch without damaging the device.

This model comes with a voltage detector and works with 8 remotes.

Specifications

  • Indictor: LCD 320X240 mm, with back light
  • Cable test types: STP/UTP 5E,6E network, telephone, coaxial
    • distance of wiremap: 2000 m
    • distance of hunting for RJ11 1000m
    • distance of hunting for RJ45 1000m
    • distance of hunting for BNC 1000m
    • distance of cable length for RJ11 2000 m
    • distance of cable length for RJ45 2000 m
    • distance of cable length for BNC 2000 m
    • distance of calibration: 10 m
    • Accuracy for RJ11: 3% (after calibration)
    • Accuracy for RJ45: 5% (after calibration)
    • Accuracy for BNC: 5% (after calibration)
  • Compatible connectors RJ11, RJ45, Coaxial, PING/POE, BNC
  • Cable map indication LCD (#1-#8)
  • Battery Type: 7V lithium battery 1800mAh
  • Work temperature 10C ~ -60C / 0C~70C
  • Dimension: 173 x 92 x 34mm
  • NF-8601W Receiver specifications
    • Cable hunting: RJ11, RJ45, BNC
    • Types of cable: ≥ 1 cores
  • Battery Type: 7V lithium battery 1800mAh
  • Dimension: 183 x 58 x 35 mm
  • NF-8601W Remote unit specifications
  • Compatible connectors RJ11, RJ45, BNC
  • Remote:  8
  • Dimension: 106 x 32 x 30mm

 

 

8. C2G/Cables to Go 26847 LANtest Pro Remote Network Cable Tester with Tone and Probe

The C2G/Cables to Go 26847 LANtest Pro Remote Network Cable Tester is a neat little model that provides quick and easy performance for focused testing. This is a small hand tester and is designed to test patch cords and installed cables. This is part of a master unit but is a perfect tool all by itself.

This tester is a mobile tester for on the fly operations. It provides an easy-to-read fault display for high-speed testing; a debug mode that is designed for accurate and detailed fault identification, an auto sleep mode, and power off switch for energy conservation. This model comes with an integrated tone generator and a low battery indicator.

The Go 26847 LANtest verifies shield integrity and splits pairs fault detection at a minimum 40cm cable length with 1/2, 3/6, 4/5, 7/8 Pairs and shield testing with verification of shield integrity, and you get the debug mode that delivers detailed fault identification results.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 92″ x 2.05″ x 1.18″
  • Weight (Approximate): 2 lb
  • Tests for wiring faults:
    • Open
    • Short
    • Reversed
    • Crossed
  • Connectivity Media: Twisted Pair
  • Color: White
  • Form Factor: External

 

 

9. Ideal Industries R158003 VDV II Pro Network Tester

The Ideal Industries R158003 VDV II Pro Network Tester VDV II Pro is a full Voice, Video and Cable Verifier. This device with accurately identify and test the integrity of copper cables in all domestic, commercial or industrial voice, data or video installations. This includes telephone, data network and video/security wiring and cabling.

The VDV II offers an advanced wiremap engine that accurately and instantaneously displays complex wiring faults while TDR (Time Domain Reflectometry) provides troubleshooting improvements and optimizes on-site productivity.

The VDV II Plus tests include Coax, 6Pin (RJ11/12), 8Pin (RJ45) Connectors for Copper Cable Testing, Wiremap for Miswires, Split Pairs, Shorts, and Opens.

This device comes with an Analog Tone Generator, provides Voltage Protection, performs Shielded Cable Testing, and has a large 2.9” single screen display for all your results. The device comes with backlight and hub blink features.

Specifications

Due to the extent of the specifications of this device, it is easier to provide a direct link to their specification  sheet: http://www.idealindustries.co.uk/fileserver/ideal2011/files/VDV_II_Specifications.pdf

 

 

10. NETSCOUT AIRCHECK-G2 Wireless Tester, Wi-Fi Tester

The NETSCOUT’S AirCheck G2 WiFi Tester is rugged handheld wireless network tester and the industry-first 802.11ac tester.

The AirCheck G2 is a fast and simple device, but versatile and equipped to support 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi technologies. This device comes with a one-button AutoTest, that delivers a fast and accurate pass/ fails status of the network, as well as identifies common problems.

The G2 delivers accurate results and shows network availability, connectivity, throughput, utilization, security settings, interference detection, and rogue hunting. This model connects via Live-link, a centralized platform that provides a comprehensive and transparent project environment that assures better control for all environments, including fleet and large distribution networks.

Among the many test options to choose from, you will get associated with AP, request IP address from DHCP server, you can PING gateway, DHCP server, and user-defined addresses, and you get full TCP port connectivity.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 8 in x 7.7 in x 1.6 in (9.7 cm x 19.6 cm x 4.1 cm)
  • Weight: 18 oz (0.51 kg)
  • Battery: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack (3.6 V, 6 Ah, 21 Wh)
  • Battery life: Typical operating life is 4.5 hours. Typical charge time is 7 hours.
  • External AC: AC input 85-264 Vac 47-63 Hz input power DC output 15 Vdc at 2 amps
  • Display : 0 in color LCD with capacitive touch screen (480 x 800 pixels)
  • Keypad: 1-key elastomeric (power only)
  • Host interface: 1x micro USB Type B port
  • Adjunct Interface: 2x USB 2.0 Type A port
  • Wireless antenna 3x Internal
  • External antenna port: Input only. Reverse-polarity SMA connector.