TLDR: Can a handful of problematic lines negatively impact the performance of the network as a whole? ... or would any problems stop once it reaches the switch?
Longer Version (background):
A school I support was recently modernized. They had professional cable installers run all new Cat 6 lines. Construction in general ran from April 2017 until roughly Dec 2017 - and the cabling was installed and certified in phases, with the last stage in October 2017.
In September (upon school resuming) we noticed they goofed by installing the patch panels in the back of the rack instead of the front. Due to the rack and room configuration, it was necessary for them to relocate the patch panels to the front of the rack.
Their installers came out and spent the day unpacking the cable bundles, and moving them to the front of the rack. Afterward they re-bundled the cables: from the back of the keystone jack it was secured to a cable support rod (which was attached to the 1U patch panel). The 1U patch panel's bundle was then bundled with its neighbors, fastened to the rack, which in turn became part of the 10-inch diameter bundle going into the ceiling (which is suspended by a cable hook before entering the cable trays)
We had a problem with one of our Unifi access points showing up as 100FDX instead of Gigabit. I did the usual troubleshooting. Despite having good continuity on all pairs, it was determined (through a process of elimination) that the problem had to be with the cabling / termination. The installers were contacted - they came out and tested - confirmed it was the line - repunched it .. and everything is working properly now.
When this problem first surfaced, I observed the keystone jacks from behind and saw that a number of them did not have the termination cap locked on - it has snapped loose during the cable relocation. After they re-punched the line, it was of course locked. I counted approximately 6-8 jacks that have their termination cap loose .. and another 10 that may have it loose (its hard to tell visually). I don't want to lay a finger on their cabling until after the warranty is up in a year.
If those lines were certified after each phase - the certification report demonstrated that the cabling and termination was to specification at the time the certification was run. But since they did not re-certify after moving the patch panels .. and we have now found a problem with a line that was previously certified .. wouldn't that call into question the entire certification report? Shouldn't they have recertified?
When the school corresponded with the network installer, the school was told that there was "absolutely no need to test cables" .. since it was only a single failure, and there have been no other issues with the system since the relocation of the patch panels ...
I know from experience that "not having issues" does not mean that there are not, or will not be problems. You can have full continuity on all 4 pairs .. and still fail certification. You will still be able to communicate on the line .. if the ethernet frames fail checksum and are discarded .. you'll get an increase in dropped packets with TCP .. and more Tx / Rx retries ... which in turn can slow down the communication on that line .. I'm guessing considerably.
But would the problem only be localized to that line - or could it affect the network as a whole? If so - would it be negligible on the whole, or a multiplicative effect?
If it is likely to be a multiplicative and substantial effect - do you have any links / resources you could refer me to, so I may read up further and reference it to the school?
I don't know if its needed to answer the question - but just in case .. we're using a 4 unit switch stack (functioning as one logical unit) .. Cisco SG500-52MP
Thanks in advance for your time and expertise ...