Updated September 06, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

The 10 Best Network Cable Testers

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Best High-End
Best Mid-Range
Best Inexpensive

This wiki has been updated 14 times since it was first published in February of 2018. Whether you're responsible for a corporate LAN or some simple peer-to-peer connections, ensuring the integrity of your network — and particularly its cabling — is essential. This diverse assortment of testers will assist any technicians or homeowners checking for faulty lines or broken USB cables, mapping out a single copper run, or even verifying an entire fiber backbone. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best network cable tester on Amazon.

10. Docooler 4-in-1 Meter

9. Trendnet TC-NT3

8. Klein Tools Parent

7. Noyafa AT278 Multi-Functional

6. NetAlly LinkSprinter

5. Netscout 2000 LinkRunner

4. T3 Net Prowler

3. Fluke CableIQ

2. Tripp Lite Fiber

1. Fluke MicroScanner2

Editor's Notes

September 05, 2019:

Among IT professionals, Fluke is generally considered to be the gold standard for diagnostics, so it's no surprise that they have a pair of models in our top three, including the model in our number one slot. A quick look at what it has to offer sets the tone for the rest of our list, with its ability to diagnose problems on both copper and fiber lines. It has a big, informative display, though some modern technicians may prefer a full color screen like the ones offered by Net Ally and T3. Often, the menus on these systems will be a little easier to navigate, potentially making them better choices for IT managers trying to train new employees, but the prices of these two in particular prevent them from being viable for homeowners setting up small networks, or for students learning the trade.

Availability concerns caused us to remove the TopOne model from our previous ranking, but we found a viable option that offers both user-friendliness and, surprisingly for its price point, a color screen. Beyond these considerations, we gave priority to testers that could offer techs a location on any given fault, to make their jobs that much easier.


Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on September 06, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).


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