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Using Stranded vs. Solid CAT5 in a cable tray

I'm going to be installing a switch and 40 workstations/printers in a building. All the rooms have raised floors with cable trays running in various grids and there are cable trays going between the ...
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Identifying a CAT6 cable in a bundle

We had a contractor wire up our office with all the cables leading back to a central location. The only problem is that he didn't label anything, so we have no idea which cables go to which room. One ...
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Effect of reversing a pair, in cat5 cabling (e.g. swapping stripe and solid)

Is there any practical effect of reversing solid and stripe, when wiring cat5 cables? But if I've got a cable where each pair is a pair but one end is flipped, will this make any practical difference ...
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Sanity Check: Is my CAT5e cable probably bad, or do I just need different connectors?

I'm working with a small company, and since I'm the only one with even a half-ounce of network infrastructure experience I've got the job of wiring up our network. So please forgive my newbie-ness. ...
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Cat5 wiring in my home [closed]

I have problem with cat5 cabling First I ran a length of cable 30 metres to my bedroom 1 and and connected both ends to a wall sockets internally using my punch down tool, both ends look fine. I ...
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How to test/debug bad network wiring?

I recently bought a place already wired with Cat 5E (8 ports, leading to a central closet). However attempting to get link, nothing works. On closer examination, it was obvious that the ends in the ...
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How to test cat5/cat6 cable runs, using software-only, or simple tools?

Are there any utilities or simple tools or techniques to easily test a CAT5 cable, to see how well was it installed? Cat5 is often installed by amateurs, but has been installed and "working" for ...
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Cat 5/6 Software based cable certification

Is there any software that will certify cable using only two NIC's and software to run the test? Would a NIC be able to test a cable based on the physical internals that it's made of? I'm ...
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STP or UTP in older facility?

We have a smaller datacenter that is located in an older facility. (This building was built back in the 40's or 50's) Does it matter if I run UTP or STP through my racks? It may not matter but the ...
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Stripping cat5 cable which doesn't have a ripcord

I need to patch a couple of cables. Normally I'd work with cat5 cable which contains a ripcord. The ripcord is used to pull outer insulation off without accidentally cutting the individual strands of ...
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How do you explain ethernet cable problems to non networking people? [closed]

We've recently been doing a large network migration in our datacenter. We've had a few cables in this start to deliver really bad pings (in excess of 500ms on a LAN) before they could be replaced. ...
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identifying and labelling CAT 5 cables and sockets

I have a network admin problem, is there a simple and minimally disruptive way to identify for a given network cable where it goes into the switch? I have a lot of unlabelled cables and unlabelled ...
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Using the Built in Switch in IP phones

I'm working on setting up a small business with IP Phones to connect to the Asterisk Server. Now, for simplicity we just ran 2 CAT5e lines to each room, and 1 was hooked to a phone jack, before my ...
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Wiring up RJ45 plugs on a basic network extension

I'm trying to wire up a network in an outbuilding. Unfortunately the engineers have left me bar wires so I need to add plugs and sockets. I have a 1gbps socket in the outbuilding that connects to the ...
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Looking for a software alternatives to a Fluke Meter

I have cat5 ports through out the office that seem to not work 100%. I wanted to know if there is a software alternative to the $1000 Fluke Meters, that I can do the same thing with. Maybe something I ...
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Why both T568A and T568B standards?

I've always wondered why there are the two different wiring standards for Cat5 UTP cabling. The only technical difference between the two is the green and orange pair are swapped, which accomplishes ...
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printing parallel over ethernet cable

I have a bit of an interesting challenge :) I have a machine with a parallel printer output, i want it to be able to print instead to a printer in a different room and i know that parallel isnt great ...
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How to wire a patch panel with incomplete labels

I have an used lucent 1100CAT5 PS patch panel that I'm intending to use at my church. Yes I know, I should probably get a CAT5e version, but this one will do fine. It's only for light browsing of ...
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long distance cat5 run

I need to run a cat5 cable 400'. I know this is just a little over the 325' that the 'standard' says cat5 can do, and will probably work. But we'd like to make sure this isn't a weak link in the ...
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Is there a way to measure the speed after changing over from CAT 5/ CAT 5e to CAT6?

We have recently done a change in our network by using CAT 6 cabling. Now I would like to measure the speed difference when I use Cat 5 or Cat5 e and Cat 6. Is there a way to find out the same?
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Why do cat5 cables sometimes have the fluffy fiber bit in them?

Why do cat5 cables sometimes have the fluffy fiber bit in them?
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What is the actual difference between Cat-5 and Cat-5e?

From the title, this sounds a whole lot like a repeat of this question, but it isn't, I promise. Because he wanted to know whether you could tell from looking at a cable whether it was Cat-5 or ...
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Cat 5 cable black hood on one end white on the other? VINA technologies 730-202717-00

This is probably a trivia question or a chance to educate me on something I know nothing about. I have a VINA technologies cable here part # 730-202717-00 On one end is a white snag free hood and ...
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How Many Wires Are in an Ethernet Cord?

Bought a spool of wire for networking. Ran it a long distance and thought we could hook up the wires to a plug at the end (not sure how to describe this). However the spool of cord/wire we bought is ...
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Physical difference between Cat 5 and Cat 5e cabling?

(This isn't really server-related, but it seems more appropriate here than SO or SU.) When we had this house built, we had network cabling run inside the house, or so I'm lead to believe. It's ...
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Where to purchase quality network cable?

I'm interested to know where other folks buy networking cable in bulk. Many of the places I've found appear somewhat "iffy", and I'd like to buy from a reputable outfit that will be around the next ...
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Is there a standard for running audio/video over CAT5/CAT5e UTP?

I want to use CAT5e UTP cabling to carry audio and video over distances of maybe 150 feet or so. I plan to use the CAT5e cable as follows: one wire pair for a composite video signal one wire pair ...