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[Amazon.ca] Network Cable Tool Kit $25.50

For those that need one, $4.50 off, 1% claimed.
https://www.amazon.ca/Kuman-Network-Cri ... 81&sr=8-32
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is this for making your own cables? not a big savings from regular price.. $4.50
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muffin4life wrote: is this for making your own cables? not a big savings from regular price.. $4.50
This is good for when you need to redo the plug because the notch on the plug broke on long wire you ran through the walls.

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LOL .. I wonder if everyone on RFD is a techie some days. Thx OP!! In a new house which was setup for Bell and Rogers cabling (which I am using). Thought I could repurpose the Bell Cat 5 cable laid in the rooms as a wired network in the home. This is perfect for that and I already have an old rackmounted switch.
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Thanks very much OP. No idea why the downvotes.
I have one of these from about 15 years ago. Still use when I need to make my own cable runs.
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Perfect timing to rewire the entire house as part of a remodel.

Any recommendations for where to buy Cat5e/Cat6 cable and connectors?
Would prefer full copper to allow for PoE if necessary
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aviator_13 wrote: Perfect timing to rewire the entire house as part of a remodel.

Any recommendations for where to buy Cat5e/Cat6 cable and connectors?
Would prefer full copper to allow for PoE if necessary
Buy everything from primecables. You can get everything for roughly the same price but you'll have a bag of 100 connectors and boots if you'd like.
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KiraSensei wrote: Buy everything from primecables. You can get everything for roughly the same price but you'll have a bag of 100 connectors and boots if you'd like.
I was about to recommend the tools from prime cables as well
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aviator_13 wrote: Perfect timing to rewire the entire house as part of a remodel.

Any recommendations for where to buy Cat5e/Cat6 cable and connectors?
Would prefer full copper to allow for PoE if necessary
Cat 5 and 5e, should be OK after some practice. Cat 6, good luck. Don't expect any decent CAT 6 proper connections with these tools. The tolerances are a lot tighter for the average user to succeed with average tools and the basic connectors. You can get the pass-through style plugs for CAT 6, they are not bad, but take some practice. Be careful to get the right connectors. Depends on the cable you will be using (stranded or solid), the plugs are different, and if you don't use the right connectors, you can get flaky connections, which can be really annoying. And those tester tools, are SUPER basic. They just test for continuity. They will not tell you how reliable the cable you made is under load.

In my opinion, these are great tools for repairing a long run that has broken. For short patch cables, not worth repairing, they are so cheap nowadays, just buy a new CAT 6 cable instead with proper terminations.

For long runs, I just use jacks in/on the wall with keystones. And I have a small patch panel in my laundry room (where all my network runs terminate) and I just add it to one of the unused jacks in the panel. It is easier to succeed with a CAT 6 keystone (punchdown or tool-less) that with standard plug ends. That way, I just need some shorter patch cables to connect from jack to machine in the room, or jack to switch (in the laundry room). Also looks cleaner.

If you need bulk cable, primecables also has a lot fo "pure copper" cables. short CM rated, CAT 6, 250ft bulk cable is as low as $46. And they have the 1000ft roll for $140. Now, depending where you are running through, you may want to consider CMR or CMP rated, but for most residential use CM rated should be fine.

For patch cables up to 20 or 35ft, I usually say just buy them premade. For any longer runs, get some keystone jacks, wall plates and put a jack on both ends, and then just use some shorter patches. Yes it may cost a little bit more, but it looks nicer, cleaner and quality is typically better.
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This is a great kit, purchased one last September for 32 bucks, and thought it was good value back then. If you need this, then it’s a no-brainer at 25$.
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aviator_13 wrote: Perfect timing to rewire the entire house as part of a remodel.

Any recommendations for where to buy Cat5e/Cat6 cable and connectors?
Would prefer full copper to allow for PoE if necessary
If you only need a few connectors I found Canada computers has about 10 for 2 dollars.
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Good starter kit for getting into IT or would something of higher quality be worth it and if so suggestions?
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Emporium wrote: Cat 5 and 5e, should be OK after some practice. Cat 6, good luck. Don't expect any decent CAT 6 proper connections with these tools.
@Emporium knows his stuff. Creating your own Cat 5e cables is finicky; expect to practice 4-5 times before you add a jack correctly to a bare cable. The laundry room hub is a great idea - so many new homes aren't wired for Cat6 and old homes aren't retrofitted, relying totally on wireless, which can be very limiting.

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