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In which of these situations would you commonly use a loopback plug?

A) Capture the packets associated with a conversation to the email server

B) Crimp a new connector to an Ethernet cable

C) Perform hardware diagnostics of a network interface

D) Determine the near end crosstalk value of a new network drop

E) The best part is when you go upside down

The answer: C) Perform hardware diagnostics of a network interface

A loopback plug is most commonly used to validate a link or connection by looping information sent out an interface back through the same interface. The information received from the loopback is compared to the information sent.

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