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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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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 ...
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Does Cat5e patch cables on a Cat6 network degrade performance?

Let's suppose I have a building run on Cat6 cables. The lines are certified for Gigabit speeds. I have Gigabit switches. I am not going for 10Gbps anywhere. Now, on my patch panels, I would prefer to ...
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Is there a meaning of why does the wire in a Cat6 or Cat5e cable colored differently?

like for example: does the green wire mean something in a Cat6/Cat5e cable?
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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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Gigabit with cat5 cable

Can a standard cat5 cable transmit at a speed of 1000 Mbit/s ? I've asked several people I know in the networking field and received different answers. I know a cat5 "works" on a Gigabit network but ...
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Is it possible to detect rx+ rx- tx+ tx- wires with multimeter?

Is it possible to detect rx+ rx- tx+ tx- wires of an ethernet cable having only a part of cable with multimeter or somehow else? I mean the situation when you have just one side of the ethernet cable....
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Why is CAT rating not applied to switches?

I see patch panels all come rated as CAT5e, or CAT6 (and so on). I understand the difference between CAT5e and CAT6 cables, more stringent interference shielding, etc. What I don't understand is why ...
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Odd Network Cable Color Coding Sequence

I just got hired into a new company where no IT has been before. My first task was to identify the possible problems. This is what I first saw, when checking on the cables connected to the switch, I ...
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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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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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Cable Management

I was given the task of (re)organizing cables in one of our racks, and I have never done this before. What system/equipment do you use to organize your cables? The rack I have is 23" and has 19" ...
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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 Cat-5e,...
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Planning to buy some cat5e cables. 568A or 568b?

I plan to buy about 20-30 feet of Cat5e (or 6) cables. I have 30 mbits connection. I was looking around and the ones we are considering are 568B. I was looking for quality in my cables. Is this ...
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How can I troubleshoot APIPA (169.254.x.x) in physical network cabling?

all: We have just started using an existing Cat5e cable to run 100Base-T to a new office, but unfortunately, machines in the new office see link but receive an APIPA address (169.254.x.x). I brought ...
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Where to purchase quality network cable? [closed]

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 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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When I plug in a network patch cable to a test notebook what would cause it to not see the link?

I plugged in my notebook via cat5e patch cable to a terminated jack (we had some consultants do the runs), I get no signal not even an indication that it is connected but has no DHCP. I try another ...
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Cable guides for CAT 5e in the rafters?

I've got to pull six or so lines through the rafters of this building. There's a mess of wire up there, and I'd like to keep these lines separated a bit. Are there any cable guides that could be ...