White CAT5 cable..? Availability / where to buy..?

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by Stroller, Jul 22, 2004.

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    Stroller Guest

    I am popsting to see if anyone knows if white CAT5 cable is available,
    as a friend has been given an ADSL router by his employer & he intends
    running a network cable along the skirting board & up through a hole in
    the ceiling.

    There might be a case for wireless networking, but I don't think he's
    that bothered about it (or wishes the additional complexity / expense),
    but I have been thinking for some time that white network cable would
    be a cost-effective way of making home networks a little more
    acceptable to the aesthetically-inclined.

    I seem to see CAT5 cable in every colour EXCEPT white, so if anyone has
    any, or could point me to a supplier, I'd appreciate their reply.

    Thanks in advance,

    Stroller, Jul 22, 2004
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    Silas Denyer Guest

    Funnily enough I had exactly the same problem this evening. I'd be
    specifically interested in 5m patch cables in white if anyone can help!


    Silas Denyer, Jul 22, 2004
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    Lurch Guest

    Obviously the power of google escapes you, maybe next time you could
    try it yourself first. Anyway, the first result in my quest for white
    cat5e happened to be exactly what you're after.
    Lurch, Jul 22, 2004
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    Lurch Guest

    I've not come across white solid core before, but how far is the run?
    Maybe this 30m white patch lead can be used?
    Lurch, Jul 22, 2004
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    Stuffed Guest

    I've got some white solid core here, was given it as it was surplus to a
    local office rewire or something. If anyone wants, I can go check the brand
    on the box tomorrow?
    Stuffed, Jul 22, 2004
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    Albrow SJ Guest

    Screwfix cable (well the drum of it under my desk) is an off white (dull
    rather than bright white), would probably be ok (better than dark grey). Its
    kind of computer keyboard key sort of colour.

    Maybe go to B&Q if you want to be sure (I would assume they both stock the
    same stuff as they are the same company).

    Albrow SJ, Jul 22, 2004
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    dnh Guest

    try this place, they even have it in pink. I've sued them before, good

    dnh, Jul 22, 2004
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    Tiny Ramsden Guest

    I get light grey cable from Lioncom.co.uk maybe they have white as well
    give them a mail to their
    Tiny Ramsden, Jul 22, 2004
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    Groove Guest

    dnh said this...

    Always helps you get good service <eg>
    Groove, Jul 22, 2004
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    Mugwump Guest

    Doesn't give confidence in a firm when the owner posts and only
    'thinks' he has stock, AND pretends to be only a customer.
    Mugwump, Jul 22, 2004
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    Stroller Guest

    Dumb question: what's solid core & how does it differ from the URL you
    pointed me to..?

    Many thanks for this & all the other replies,

    Stroller, Jul 22, 2004
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    Ian Stirling Guest

    Solid-core is a bit less flexible, lower loss, and will break if bent
    Ian Stirling, Jul 22, 2004
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    Lurch Guest

    Solid core is generally used for fixed installations, e.g. between
    wall outlets and patch panels in an office network setup.
    Stranded core is used for the patch leads between the sockets on the
    wall etc.. and the appliances as it is more flexible and less prone to
    breaking under repeating movement.
    Although you should technically adhere to the above practices, using
    patch cable for fixed wiring in the situation you have isn't going to
    do any harm.
    Lurch, Jul 22, 2004
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    dnh Guest

    oops, LOL;

    type after me:
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    dnh, Jul 23, 2004
  15. Check through www.netshop.co.uk as they do both stranded & solid
    core patch cables. Also electrical factors may do it, but only big reels.

    Remember to watch bend-radius & not crushing the cable with clips,
    although your planned usage is bandwidth limited to ADSL anyway.
    Dorothy Bradbury, Jul 23, 2004
  16. In fact I think it would be preferable if he is going to plug the cable into
    his ADSL modem with a standard RJ45 plug, which won't be very reliable at
    all with solid core cable.

    Conversely, if it's going to a socket at the other end it won't be reliable
    with stranded core (if the socket has insulation displacement contacts, as
    most do).

    The best solution is probably two sockets connected by solid core, with
    patch cables from the sockets to the devices at each end, as nature
    Phil McKerracher, Jul 24, 2004
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    Lurch Guest

    Technically, I'd agree with you, although I haven't had any problems
    with solid core cables terminated in RJ45 plugs or stranded cables
    terminated in IDC connectors on cat5e sockets. (Not that I do it
    anywhere for anything other than temporary, apart from at home where
    I'll just use whatevers laying around at the time and have all my
    solid core cat5e cables terminated with RJ45 plugs.)
    Which leads us back to the original question, has anyone seen any
    white cat5e?
    Lurch, Jul 26, 2004
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    Dave Guest

    Fantastic price!!!

    If you really want white email me and we'll do a deal 30 quid a box plus £6
    Dave, Jul 31, 2004
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    John Guest

    Saw some in Maplin's at the weekend and its on sale... £14.99 for 100m...
    and yes it looked very white to me.
    www.maplin.co.uk product code PB75S
    John, Aug 2, 2004
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