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Cat6 ethernet drops/fishing question

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Apr 22, 2014
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Cat6 ethernet drops/fishing question

Hi all,

It seems quite challenging at the moment to find a general contractor or someone with experience doing wire drops in a house.

To my understanding an electrician is overkill for this type of job and prices would be extremely high.

Can anyone recommend someone reliable and fairly priced?

PM if posting a reply is against the rules.

Cheers all.
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Mar 10, 2010
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I've used these guys in the past:

I'm not sure if they're in the GTA area or not but they charge $150/hr for 2 techs plus materials. They did a good job for me last time but would run into problems if you have a finished basement you need to fish into from say a 2nd floor.
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Oct 2, 2018
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You should also decide on Cat6 or Cat6A.....Cat6 can do 10gbps for distance of 33m - 55m whereas longer lengths of Cat6 up to 100m speed rating is 1gbps. I would personally limit Cat6 to 100 feet - 125 feet maximum.

Cat6A is rated for 10gbps for 100m.

Copper is much better than copper clad aluminium so I only use solid copper twisted pair for cabling.

If you go Cat6 or Cat6A ensure your blocks and connectors are also rated Cat6 so you will have no issue when it comes down to utilizing.

Stranded cable for jumpers as they get moved a lot and more durable to twisting by the connector itself. You can run stranded for very small runs but personally I only run solid for main runs of any length, stranded strictly for patch cords.
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If you're calling around for quotes, you might also try companies that install alarm systems and intercoms.
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