We all face complications once things start getting bigger and bigger. Because when they are big we need more area to cover and take care of. Same is the case of networking. If the network gets bigger in size the complexity increases as well and they both are directly proportional to each other. So in order to keep things enough simple so that a human brain can understand it here are ten network troubleshooting tips that are going to come in handy. These tips can be applied to the twisted pair and fiber optic cables.
The Use of Proper Equipment’s
The first thing that you have to do is to make sure that you’re using the proper equipment for the test and to derive the readings from the network. How it helps is allowing you to target the problem and find out its nature. You can come to know as if the problem is in the cable or with the connection.
Take Care of Return Loss
Next, you have to take care of the return loss. There are two reasons for getting Ethernet protocols, return loss. It can be from either the connectors or the cable. A normal continuity wire map tester might not be helpful in accomplishing what you’re looking for but a certification tester will be able to target the problem quicker. If you think that the cable is water resistant it’s good. But it’s only good to a point of thinking because nearly all of the cables sooner or later pick up the moisture and let it ruin themselves. So always make sure that the cables are kept away from all kinds of wet environment.
Keep a Good Track of Insertion Losses
You must also keep a good track of the insertion losses. Patch cables can have up to 50% more insertion loss than the solid cable that is why a cable run of a total length of 100 meters may not be reliable if it uses many patch cords. Another problem is that insertion loss and temperature are also directly proportional to each other so the network design must keep this factor under their eyes. Many other small things like the installation materials can also bring the difference. For example, the lubricants used for pulling wire through the conduit can create failures when testing immediately. The DC resistance also must be accounted for, a higher amount of this can also cause a problem. Most of the times the cables don’t break from within but they only have defects at the connectors or other junctions like the termination points so there is a need to always have a look on them before going any further. Cleaning is another very vital part because Ethernet fiber requires careful cleaning and inspection for top performance. In the end, you need to be sure there is no loss added during the network design. However, performance requirements can vary widely depending on the application.