Best quality Cat6 Ethernet Cable?

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  1. HTWingNut

    HTWingNut Potato

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    I'm looking to run Cat6 ethernet cable in my new home. I want to make sure it's good quality that will last and not be subject to electrical interference or become brittle over time, etc.

    Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks.
     
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    Going in wall or not?
    1. pure copper (must, read spec sheets, avoid cca)
    2. shielded or waterproof (usually over-kill)
    3. fire/strength rating (depends if you are going in-wall or not, but usually is overkill also, use some kind of pipe/shielding for better protection)

    If you google, there are several big brand name people like

    buy in 1000ft spool, if you want to save, there is ebay
     
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    Most likely creating drops though the wall, plus it looks better.

    Most builders (well what I know in CA) would offer an network package option, sometimes a bargain or a ripoff depending on sqft. (Negotiate)
    or let "you" install your own wires during building which so much easier than fishing and untangle.

    Some questions are you doing this DIY?

    When the house was built? It might be possible that you don't have to do anything unless you want an extra port. (Used to be 2-4 per room, nowadays just 1)
    Again CA, most houses built after 2001 are usually are CAT5E, some houses after 2006 are pure CAT6, most houses after 2012 are CAT6.

    If you planning to make wall drop/outlets/jacks? Use solid core.

    A little note though CAT6 support 10G up to 30 ft and 1G up to 300 ft.
    CAT5E support 1G up to 300 ft
    CAT7 support 10G up to 300 ft.

    Do not make your cable longer than a total distance of 300 ft from a powered source.
    The distance from the wall jack is not the total distance, only a part of it.

    As for brand of cables, I really don't have a preference.
    I tend to source them from Monoprice. So far seem to pass my once in awhile run them though the oscope check.
     
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    Thanks for the responses. The house was built in 1998 and there is CAT 5E going to a couple spots but not where I want them. I think owner had them installed. I plan on DIY and doing drops in the wall with outlets. Mainly running to the upstairs bedrooms, and placing TV on a different wall than original owner had theirs. I found this nifty magnet wire pulling system that people swear it's the best thing ever, and I'm planning on using one. I'm planning on running conduit as well.
     
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    If you're running everything through a conduit the quality of the cable itself is really not all that important, as long as you don't buy bottom-of-the-barrel marginal junk...
     
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    you should run it in conduit, so yes the cable itself wouldn't matter that much. As long as it is at least half decent one.

    and if you want to go ballistic then there's explosion proof options for conduit as well (I use that at work), lol.

    but seriously, go WIFI ...
     
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    Wifi is the source to all lag on the internet.

    Nevah again.
     
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    What crappy WiFi were you using?
     
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