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Ethernet cords

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Chimpie, Jul 19, 2014.

  1. Chimpie

    Chimpie Well-Known Member

    Just had Verizon FiOS internet installed in the apt. I planned on hardwiring our TV, Wii and my computer to the router, so I shopped Walmart and Staples for some ethernet cords. Holy crap they're expensive there. Walmart wanted $14 for a 7' cord. Staples was even more expensive.

    Newegg is so much cheaper.
  2. Coop1979

    Coop1979 Well-Known Member

    Go with monoprice.com. Any size imaginable for cheap.
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  3. Jesepi

    Jesepi Well-Known Member

    What he said ^

    Monoprice is amazing for basic home wiring.
    Chimpie likes this.
  4. DEZero

    DEZero Well-Known Member

    Could always make them, it's simple and cheap
  5. Tracy Perry

    Tracy Perry Well-Known Member

    Not if you don't already have the tools and will only ever need 2 or 3 cables.
    I think we had around $2500 invested in minor equipment. That will buy a LOT of pre-made cable.
  6. MattW

    MattW Well-Known Member

  7. RickM

    RickM Well-Known Member

    Avoid them like the plague. Such a dodgy operation. If you don't know why I suggest a bit of research. Needless to say, they aren't worth the hassle.

    To be honest you cant beat some of the UK reputable ebay STORES (not private sellers, companies that have traded for years). I bought 50m of cat5e (Cat6 is mostly pointless and not worth having, especially at home) outdoor grade cable for £19 delivered. Very high quality stuff too.
  8. MattW

    MattW Well-Known Member

    I've used ebuyer for years, and haven't had any issues with them (routers / switches / cables / flash cards / HDD)
  9. RickM

    RickM Well-Known Member

    I'll just leave this here:

  10. dangonay

    dangonay Active Member

    Little off topic, but thought I'd ask.

    I'm looking for high-quality rubber jacketed CAT6 cables for work. We run them from wall sockets to diagnostic gear and they get trampled on or have liquids spilled on them regularly. Normal cables with the plastic jackets are terrible as they crack easily and aren't flexible.

    We have some already, but they're not made anymore and can't seem to find a replacement. If anyone is a musician then imagine a good quality microphone or guitar cable. You can coil them for storage and they always unwind and stay flat when used. They don't have a "memory" of being coiled.
  11. AdamD

    AdamD Well-Known Member

    Every company has it's problems, though
    Not that I'm making an excuse for their behaviour, but like Matt, I've spent thousands on items from Ebuyer, with very few issues.
    Sent back a few items for RMA stuff, no issues again
  12. woei

    woei Well-Known Member

    I always order @ http://www.blackbox.nl/en-nl/ but that's because it's a dutch shop. They different type of cables. And I see people post really cheap cables, but sometimes they are really crappy. They use aluminum cores with a copper coating. So to avoid problems, use good cables. (http://gathering.tweakers.net/forum/list_messages/1491393 (sorry, all dutch, but use google translate or so and you'll understand :))
  13. SamL

    SamL Active Member

    You want to look for stranded Cat6 patch cables rather than solid-core. They're a lot more flexible, and coil/uncoil easily.
    For in-wall infrastructure, solid-core is needed because punching down stranded cable isn't advisable.

    The advice above to shop MonoPrice is a good suggestion. They're an excellent source for quality cabling, and their prices are most reasonable. (7ft CAT 6 Stranded patch cables)
  14. EQnoble

    EQnoble Well-Known Member

    Getting your own cable and capping/plating is the cheapest way to go and they can be made exactly how long you need them. The tool to do the ends you can get for as little as 20 bucks for one that isn't complete crap which is all you really need if you will not be using the tool as part of your daily job.

    I got a 1000ft spool like this of some premium stuff for free
    shopping.jpg and it just keeps on giving.

    You can get 1000 feet of some average grade cat5/6 for like $100 or less which compared to the cost for a 20' cable you can see works out to your benefit if you will ever need more cable.

    If you think you will need another cable within the next couple years it might be beneficial to buy raw cable (you don't need to buy 1000 ft they have smaller lengths) and a cheapy tool to cap the shots.
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  15. wedgar

    wedgar Well-Known Member

    Exactly. I've ordered strain relief boots and RJ45 connectors from www.cyberguys.com. It is much easier to make my own cables.
  16. Anthony Parsons

    Anthony Parsons Well-Known Member

    Yup... got myself a couple hundred meter roll years ago, crimping tool was $20 and have heaps of the ends. The tool strips to the right length, you sort the order, put them in and crimp. Cable any length you want.... done... cheapest way.

    Go to an electrical store and buy a roll, crimping tool and ends... then put the left-over away as you will use it. Not like anything major is in the works to get a computer to accept much faster than 25Mbps at once anyway, being recommended for Ultra HD live streaming. The cable will last decades of worthy use. I don't see fibre optic being a requirement anytime in our lifetimes for home wiring.

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