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Ethernet cords

Chimpie

Well-known member
#1
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.
 

RickM

Well-known member
#7
ebuyer in the UK. I've done a full cat6 install in my house, and can get 23m lengths for £14
http://www.ebuyer.com/store/Cables-...ccessories/subcat/Category-6-Cables?a00436=23
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.
 

MattW

Well-known member
#8
I've used ebuyer for years, and haven't had any issues with them (routers / switches / cables / flash cards / HDD)
 

RickM

Well-known member
#9
I've used ebuyer for years, and haven't had any issues with them (routers / switches / cables / flash cards / HDD)
I'll just leave this here:

Until 2011 I'd spent about £6k with them and they had been fine. Then the issues started. Bought an item which was one of these 'if you buy this, you get this for half price' kind of offers - I only wanted the half price item.

Emailed me confirming shipment. When it arrived the second item wasnt there. Emailed - nothing. Twitter - nothing. So I phoned their premium number to be told it was discontinued. What was worse was they they didnt refund it. Told me I'd have to wait 10 days. I waited - no refund. Emailed - no reply, etc. At this point I was annoyed, so asked to return the entire order for a full refund as I'd not opened the other part of the product. They refused it despite me being within the 30 day window.

I asked to speak to a manager who I was told would phone me, and obviously that never happened. A month later and I got trading standards involved who were about as useful as a chocolate teapot. I never did get a refund for either item (yup, that includes the item they never sent) and the gits closed my account for 'abusing the ticket system'. I had 2 tickets in there, of which I'd made 4 repies to as they had never replied to me.

Simple customer courtesy.

Prior to this cockup there was the £1 sale which they screwed people over with (and got in trouble with trading standards for) and then there's the reviews which on numberous occasions they've been in trouble for faking.

As I recall they were/are also suspected of posting their own deals on here and other deal submission sites, but obviously that cant be proven.

When they worked they were great. Problem is they are absolutely crap at customer support, and have shown they don't give a damn about the customer.

Dont forget the photo that came out at christmas too - they had a photo of the office all decorated for xmas and it was pulled very quickly once they realised you could see a piece of paper on the pinboard saying 'Number of refused refunds this month' like it was some sort of challenge.

They've been in trouble for all sorts of stuff. The Reg is a good place to take a looksee:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/12/24/ebuyer_rates_staff_on_returns_rejected/
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/10/17/ebuyer_asa_again/
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/09/19/ebuter_asa_disk_drive/
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/07/11/ebuyer_asa/
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/12/07/asa_ebuyer/
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/11/30/ebuyer_sales_day/
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/11/28/ebuyer_down_cyber_monday/
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/06/21/ebuyer_seagate_hard_drives/
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/04/12/ebuyer_does_it_again/
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/02/23/ebuyer_content_borrows/
 

dangonay

Active member
#10
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.
 

AdamD

Well-known member
#11
I'll just leave this here:
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
 

woei

Well-known member
#12
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.
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 :))
 

SamL

Active member
#13
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.
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)
 

EQnoble

Well-known member
#14
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.
 

wedgar

Well-known member
#15
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
View attachment 78346 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.
Exactly. I've ordered strain relief boots and RJ45 connectors from www.cyberguys.com. It is much easier to make my own cables.
 

Anthony Parsons

Well-known member
#16
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.