Does anyone have any recommendations on a good all around cable tester? So far the tester with the best bang for the buck that I found was the PSIBER PINGER PLUS NETWORK IP TESTER. It's a few hundred bucks but from the description it looks like it has some good features. Does anyone have any experience with this one or know of a better one that's not much more expensive? I included the product features below. Thanks.
The Pinger Plus+ is a unique handheld tester used for installing and maintaining computer Local Area Networks (LANs) running the TCP/IP protocol. The Pinger Plus+ uses the powerful PING function at either 10 or 100 mbps to verify connectivity, check transmitted and received data integrity, indicate network traffic loading by measuring round trip time, provide the MAC address of an IP address and warns when the default gateway cannot be located. The Pinger Plus+ can PING using variable packet sizes and up to 99 times consecutively. In addition, PING can be performed for a single or a range of IP addresses. The Pinger Plus+ also identifies reversed polarity for improperly connected wire pairs and provides a port identification feature with selectable blink rates to identify to which port on a hub or switch the wall outlet is connected.
The Pinger Plus+ is the first handheld tester to provide gigabit over copper link detection. When connected to a hub, switch or NIC, the Pinger Plus+ displays the speed (10/100/1000Mbps) and duplex mode (half or full) capabilities of the equipment.
The Pinger Plus+ is an ideal tool for quickly testing proper LAN operation after completing a move, add or change (MAC). Trouble calls are easily handled by verifying Link connection and running the comprehensive PING test. Resolve ?I can not connect to the Internet? problems with the DHCP client mode that ensures a DHCP server is available and displays IP address assignment. Remote office support can be provided by connecting the Pinger Plus+ to the LAN at the remote office trouble point and PINGing the tester over the Internet.
Includes carrying case
PINGs at full 10/100 auto-negotiate speeds
PING using variable packet sizes
PING up to 99 consecutive times
PINGs single, list, or range of IP addresses
Identifies 10/100/1000 BaseTX Link signals
Stores up to 8 preprogrammed profiles that include Pinger Plus+ IP address, gateway address and 1 to 8 destination IP addresses that can be PINGed individually or successively
Verifies LAN operation at a remote location over the Internet
Displays the MAC address for a tested IP address
Provides port identification function (link light activation)
Identifies wire pair connections with reversed polarity
DHCP client capability verifies DHCP server functioning and correct IP addresses are being provided
Web browser interface for unit setup and software upgrade
Alphanumeric keyboard for easy IP address entry