[TriLUG] OT: Home Depot and Cat 5
rasch at raschnet.com
Tue Oct 5 08:36:38 EDT 2004
On Tue, Oct 05, 2004 at 07:51:35AM -0400, Joseph Mack <mack.joseph at epa.gov> wrote:
> Greg Brown wrote:
> > Home Depot now carries plenum rated Cat5 at ~$160.00 per 1000 foot
> > spool.
> The default cat 5 cable now seems to be single stranded, but when it
> first came out, the default was multistranded. The conventional wisdom
> from my electronics days is that the single stranded conductors can't
> be flexed a whole lot (eg used for cables that are plugged and unplugged)
> as they crack at the flex point giving you an intermittant connection
> that will drive you nuts trying to debug.
> I guess single stranded is OK for plenum cable that terminates in panels,
> but for cables that are connected to computers that get plugged and unplugged
> you should use the multistranded conductor cable.
Odd, I've only seen/felt one or two multistranted cat 5 cables in my
life, those that came with my PCMCIA NICs. Learn something new every
day. Every other cable I own is single stranded.
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