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Which network cable to use?

Discussion in 'Cables & Switches' started by Cheng, Jan 18, 2003.

  1. Cheng

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    Hi,

    Do I get smoke-free or normal cat 5. cable for making the FFRT cable (or whatever)?

    Also, does the quality of the cable matter - http://www.videkonline.co.uk/SubSections.asp?sectionID=160

    Would "4 Pair UTP Cable - Solid Core Enhanced (305m) " be ok?

    Also, what would be better, solid core or strands?

    Thanks,

    Cheng.
     
  2. Cheng

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    Anyone?
     
  3. dnrc

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    You need solid core cable for this project. As long as you buy Cat5e cable you will be fine. Rather than buy 305m of it though which will probably cost at least £50, BandQ do it in 50 or 100 metre rolls for reasonable prices.
     
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    wrong it will cost abot £30 for 305m of cable you can get it from here


    wandgrudd
     
  5. Cheng

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    I love you!

    But....isn't this cable on the cheap side, on is all cat 5e equal?
     
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    i thinks its all the same

    any way this is what i used for my system (computer and home cinema) and it seems fine .
     
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    What about low smoke cables, are they better?
     
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    cant say never used any.
     
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    Yeah, if you're planning to set light to it.

    But seriously, all Cat5 has to conform to certain specifications so it should all be equal. The only differences are the materials used in the sheathing, which will make no difference.

    The stuff in the link posted by wandgrudd is a well known make in the networking world and should give good results.
     
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    What are you using the cable for ?
     
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