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CAT6 solid copper cable recommendation.

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CAT6 solid copper cable recommendation.

Hi, need to install 50 long run (up to 330 feet) CAT6 cables. Any recommendation which to buy? Monoprice, Startech, Primecables? thanks
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If you want the absolute best, then get Panduit or Belden

Otherwise, get anything that supports 550 MHz or higher
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Are Primecable, Monoprice, Startech, Cablemaster all the same? Heard good things about Belden but it's like 4 to 5 times the price :-(
divx wrote: primecable is fine
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ihearyou wrote: Are Primecable, Monoprice, Startech, Cablemaster all the same? Heard good things about Belden but it's like 4 to 5 times the price :-(
they are residential grade, which is fine for residential use.
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So they are no good for commercial use? Are there any commerical grade CAT6 cable that doesn't cost $700 per 1000'/box?
divx wrote: they are residential grade, which is fine for residential use.
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ihearyou wrote: So they are no good for commercial use? Are there any commerical grade CAT6 cable that doesn't cost $700 per 1000'/box?
I see you are in Winnipeg.

$700 per 1000 ft? Sounds like plenum jacketed cable, CMP CSA FT6 rated, like you have to use in commercial buildings in several cities & provinces in Canada.

Have you tried to source a CMR RISER CSA FT4 rated cable (these are flame test ratings acceptable for residential installations in most provinces) from one of the following:

EECOL Electric
WESCO Distribution
Nedco
Westburne

These are all electrical & data\telecommunications distributors in Winnipeg who sell to commercial contractors and have a counter sales area and are very likely have stock on hand.

Anixter is also one with a location in Winnipeg but does not sell retail to the best of my knowledge.

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ihearyou wrote: Is this a good choice for wareouse installation to support PoE devices even though it only supports 350Mhz?

https://catalog.belden.com/techdata/EN/ ... chdata.pdf
Higher frequencies will allow for longer distances.

The standard for CAT6 is 250 MHz at 100 Metres for Gigabit ethernet.
CAT6a at 500 MHz will support 10 Gig ethernet at 100 Metres

If you attempted to run a 10 Gig ethernet network using CAT6 cable, the maximum distance at 250 MHz is only 25 - 35 metres

To answer your question, you need to determine the longest run from your switch to the end point. If none of your runs exceed 35 metres (110 feet) then you should be fine. For PoE, it doesn't affect power as much. Your IP camera or phone may only use 7 - 15 watts (802.3.af), the cable can handle up to 30 watts (802.3.at) which is rarely required (typically MIMO Access Points, PTZ Cameras)

The above is assuming you're future proofing for 10 Gig ethernet. If all you plan to run is gigabit, then you're fine to run up to 100 metres
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Would it be better to buy the cheap 500Mhz cable from stores like Monoprice, Primecables or 350Mhz from Belden? We do plan for 100M runs, most won't use more than 1Gbps but the AP has that potential in the future.
Gee wrote: Higher frequencies will allow for longer distances.

The standard for CAT6 is 250 MHz at 100 Metres for Gigabit ethernet.
CAT6a at 500 MHz will support 10 Gig ethernet at 100 Metres

If you attempted to run a 10 Gig ethernet network using CAT6 cable, the maximum distance at 250 MHz is only 25 - 35 metres

To answer your question, you need to determine the longest run from your switch to the end point. If none of your runs exceed 35 metres (110 feet) then you should be fine. For PoE, it doesn't affect power as much. Your IP camera or phone may only use 7 - 15 watts (802.3.af), the cable can handle up to 30 watts (802.3.at) which is rarely required (typically MIMO Access Points, PTZ Cameras)

The above is assuming you're future proofing for 10 Gig ethernet. If all you plan to run is gigabit, then you're fine to run up to 100 metres
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ihearyou wrote: Would it be better to buy the cheap 500Mhz cable from stores like Monoprice, Primecables or 350Mhz from Belden? We do plan for 100M runs, most won't use more than 1Gbps but the AP has that potential in the future.
I would worry about an Access Point. Even if you managed to get a 10 gig access point, your devices will never use that speed, even in the future. It would drain the battery too quickly.

The difference between a quality cable and a cheap cable is the number of twists per centimetre.

I’ve never used Moniprice cables so I can’t comment, but quality cables will give you more reliable and consistent speed. If your application is low bandwidth, any cable will do.

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