Understudy Wrote the following on 10/17/2005 06:19 AM : The cable is non plenum which is fine provided it is not being used in a commerical application. I am not a big fan of making your own patch cords. And this wire is solid core, patch cords should be made with stranded core. The tester is good for linemap , but does nothing for telling you crosstalk or attenuation.
So if you want to use it at home , go for it. Just don't use it in a commerical application in a building with a return air rated ceiling.
Surfer Wrote the following on 10/17/2005 08:02 AM : Plenum rated isn't the only cable for commercial applications. It's the only cable rated for fire protection. Non Plenum can be used in any noncrawlspace application, home or office. If you're that concerned, go for the STP Plenum and pay twice as much, if not more. But you can rest with the knowledge that the wires you ran through the ceiling will pass inspection.
Nothing wrong with solid core. Stranded core just means it's a little more expensive, a little harder to work with, and not a heck of a lot else. (It has a slightly higher latency though, and that means a little shorter on the max distance).
And if you're doing you're job right when you wire up the cable, you don't need an expensive cable tester. You just need to see that you got the wires in the right places and that the signals are going through like they should. If you run into problems (shorts or breaks, for example), that's when you need a more expensive tester. This cable is UTP. If you wire up the connector like you should, you don't need to worry about NEXT. Attenuation is only a problem in older cable and once you start hitting the length limit (for this, 606-656 feet, depending on your setup) and if you've stripped and crimped your cable right, it's not a problem. This is Cat 5e, so it's rated up to a gig per second if, and only if, you mount the connectors right. It may still work if you don't, but I wouldn't use it.
Surfer Wrote the following on 10/17/2005 08:03 AM : Erm... 606 - 656 feet...allows for 15 feet between patch panel and switch/router.
Golly Wrote the following on 10/17/2005 08:59 AM : Plenum cable does have better electricals than PVC/riser rated cable.
As far as the patch cable go, I prefer stranded myself. Using a stranded cable tends to eliminate the intermittencies caused but attempting to crimp a solid conductor. Not an issue if your patch cable aren't moved or touched but this is typically not the case in a corporate environment. Generally try to keep these 25' or under.
As far as the tester goes, Surf is right. You can use a simple continuity tester. Mod Tap makes a good one.
Surfer Wrote the following on 10/17/2005 10:57 AM : WHAT THE FUCK?!?!? Golly? Is that you? Who are you and what have you done with Golly?
Surfer Wrote the following on 10/17/2005 11:01 AM : erm, not 15 feet between panel and router. I'm thinking wrong units . Should be 49.2 feet (or 15 meters)
Golly Wrote the following on 10/17/2005 11:17 AM : Um, er, nice selection of Boobies today. Makes me want to put my head in between them and go "blah-blah-blah-blah." Chicks did that.
Sorry, reverted back to a past life for a moment. Boobies are much more fun than testing colored patch cables.
Juniper Wrote the following on 10/17/2005 1:19 PM : Golly's dark secret is out! He's a cable man! LOL
Golly Wrote the following on 10/17/2005 1:42 PM : what chew talking about Willis?
Surfer Wrote the following on 10/17/2005 2:02 PM : Of course! It makes sense! If he can hook up faster internet, he can get more boobies faster!
codewolf Wrote the following on 10/17/2005 5:29 PM : I definately did a double take on Golly's first post in this thread. about the cable - I got the same thing by giving the cable guy a six pack of beer and 1000' "fell" off his truck into my garage the next day :-)
Surfer Wrote the following on 10/17/2005 7:42 PM : Very nice. Very nice.
Juniper Wrote the following on 10/18/2005 3:24 PM : Next time you guys have Golly over you should tell me! I'll show him a thing or two!