The 10 Best Network Cable Testers
This wiki has been updated 16 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.
September 06, 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.