Copper core or stranded wire: cat5 prefrence

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    Question Copper core or stranded wire: cat5 prefrence

    Hey all.

    today i was crimping a 100ft cable for my friend... and got tired of my copper core wires breaking off trying to get them to crimp... if thoes things bend wrong you get stupid connectivity issues.


    SO this is a poll


    what do you like better, and why?
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    Guess it depends on the install....

    I use the flexable-stranded I beleive...mostly...because it can move around things easier.....desks walls etc.....

    I think you would use cooper more so for wiring within walls...longer distance and then add a demark or jack for the stranded to plug into.

    AFAIK the copper has better performance, but crimps and breaks easier..degrading the signal

    When I buy cables for home use or to plug into a jack.....I use stranded....more flexable cable cause I am usually running it around things...desks,walls etc.

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    6 of 1, half dozen the other.....

    Their both copper.. You mean Solid core or stranded

    Solid is best for fixed wiring, and stranded for flyleads.. But...

    stranded cable is susceptible to degradation from moisture infiltration, may use an alternate color code, and should not be used for cables longer than 3 Meters (about 10 feet).
    found here: http://www.duxcw.com/digest/Howto/ne...ble/cable2.htm
    All my home made leads at home and work are Solid core.. only probs I've had is the Person doing the crimp.. has 2 or 3 fail if i havent done a connector for a while.. never had the wire break though..never had to bend the wire more than 30degs while assembling the connector..
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    I've only crimped stranded... But quite frankly I hate making my own cat 5 cables... Color codes and making sure all the strands are touching the end of the rj-45 connector... big headache for me...
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    Und3ertak3r brings up a good point though with having to redo the crimps....which I have had to do.....

    http://http://compnetworking.about.c...l/blfaq014.htm

    Finally, when working with CAT5 cable, it's important to know that several different types of RJ-45 connectors exist. One type, designed for use with stranded cables, generally is incompatible with solid cable. Other types of RJ-45 connectors may work with both stranded and solid CAT5.
    But quite frankly I hate making my own cat 5 cables...
    Crimping cables is definately not one of my fav jobs either

    But its a handy skill to know....

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    Stranded,

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    Originally posted here by Und3ertak3r
    6 of 1, half dozen the other.....

    Their both copper.. You mean Solid core or stranded

    Solid is best for fixed wiring, and stranded for flyleads.. But...


    found here: http://www.duxcw.com/digest/Howto/ne...ble/cable2.htm
    All my home made leads at home and work are Solid core.. only probs I've had is the Person doing the crimp.. has 2 or 3 fail if i havent done a connector for a while.. never had the wire break though..never had to bend the wire more than 30degs while assembling the connector..
    Agreed, at least on the first part. Personally I've always thought working with stranded wire was easier since the pairs were already separated...never have had problems with the wire breaking though...got ahold of some cheap stuff? I am wanting to say I experienced problems before using one or the other with Gig-E...I don't remember though if it was b/c it was something with the switch manufacturer or the switch or if it truely was b/c you couldn't use that type...
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    i have cat5e, so my 300ft spool says.

    my problem is when i strip the plastic cover back... i end up acidently grazing one of the wires.. so it has a weak spot.. and when i bend it at all to move the colors around... it breaks off or i get connectivity issues...

    and yes.. when i havent crimped in awhile i end up redoing the ends once or twice... kind of a pain.
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    You need proper tools. Buy a cat5 striper. You'll never "graze" the cable again. Or bend it too put tension on the case and very carfuly press down lightly with a razor blade. Not slicing just pressing. Oh hell buy the stripper. Pick One
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    what do you think i use, i have a cat5 stripper and it snips a wire every time without fail.

    really... really annoying... so i just use my pocket knife or a razor to strip the plastic shielding... more sucess rate
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