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Test CAT6 cable throughput/errors with Packetsender, how to...? #135

HubTode opened this Issue Feb 11, 2019 · 1 comment


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HubTode commented Feb 11, 2019

What OS?

  • [ x] Windows
  • Mac
  • Linux (Which distro?)

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I have a home with contractor-installed CAT6 that cannot be physically inspected and I suspect that one of the cables is damaged. It's barely hitting 30mbps and it's only about 50 feet, but it's in the wall and not accessible. It passes the basic continuity test. Looking for instruction to set up two Packetsender PCs with appropriate packet sending tests to verify the top speed and types of errors, so that I can seek a remedy. Also (and this is a long shot idea) would it be possible to sniff out a problem such as a kink using something like a Fluke toner?
Thanks in advance for help!


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dannagle commented Feb 11, 2019


Packet Sender is not a good tool to saturate a network. At best, it can send packets at around 10 Hz. Even damaged cables would yawn. Packet Sender is perfect for checking basic connectivity (which you've done). You've now exceed its use.

Sorry I cannot help more.

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