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#1 Treetop

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Posted 10 March 2004 - 12:41 PM

I need to run some cat 5e cable throughout the house and was wondering if you all would know a good place to purchase from. All the prices I can find at local stores are a bit high (about $50 for 100ft.)

I came across this site Cables4sure, and while the prices look great, I am also afraid that it "is to good to be true".

So where do you all get your cables from and how much should I expect to pay per foot?

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Posted 10 March 2004 - 01:44 PM

Check out CyberGuys.com

http://www.cyberguys...p... (Ethernet)

i.e.:

CAT5E SOLID BULK 1000FT, BLUE
Your Price: $59.95 (5 or more $56.49)

froogle.google.com will list many big retailers having similar prices, I wouldn't pay more than that for 1000Ft of cat5e cable.

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Posted 10 March 2004 - 06:52 PM

use pricewatch for anything you need

www.pricewatch.com

pricewatch is just a database of alot of tech websites :)

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Posted 10 March 2004 - 07:12 PM

AHHH..
Totally forgot about pricewatch.. good call

My initial quest was to find out what sites others have used for ordering cables when wiring a house, figuring that they would be in the know.

1000ft is just too much for me at this point, as Im renting a 2bdrm townhouse. If and when I own, however, this will be the route to take. I ordered 2 100ft. cables as this is all my needs require at this point.

One other question. Is cat6 worth the price (double that of cat5e)? I know absolutely nothing when it comes to networking, so go easy with the terminology.

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Posted 10 March 2004 - 07:12 PM

Yeah the problem is that really small companies will list their prices low, then nail you with the shipping, froogle.google.com tends to be a little better about this.

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Posted 10 March 2004 - 08:45 PM

i think pricewatch includes shipping but i may be wrong

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Posted 10 March 2004 - 10:43 PM

oh yeah, about cat6, cat6 is the exact same thing as cat5e, just different labeling, cat6 is rated for gigabit speeds, cat5e is too.

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Posted 12 March 2004 - 01:08 PM

I got mine from CompGeeks last summer for like $37 for 1000ft of cat5e. I thought that was a great deal, and the cable has come in handy, it even came with a pack of 100 ends and a cheap crimper tool.

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Posted 12 March 2004 - 05:41 PM

I looked there before the first post, but couldn't find it anymore, I was going to get more from that place since they even included a tester.

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Posted 18 March 2004 - 01:46 AM

Cat-6 is a slightly larger gauge than 5E. It also has some additional manufacturing requirements. Having just finished wiring a 6000 sq. ft. house with cat-6, I can tell you that it's a major PITA to work with. Stick with the 5E if you can.

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Posted 19 March 2004 - 10:44 AM

6000 Square Feet??? ;)

Holy Cow, thats a castle, not a house.

Anyway, with the larger gauge it does make it more versatile for running power for cameras, etc...

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Posted 19 March 2004 - 10:00 PM

Nothing significant. IIRC it's 23 gauge instead of the 24 gauge in 5 and 5E.

Actually, around here, 4k - 6k is the norm. The "large" houses start at 10k and go up. Explains why the county gets 35% of it's property tax revenue from the 2% of the houses that are on the lake here. And that was before they re-appriased everything upward by an average of 40%. ;)

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Posted 23 March 2004 - 01:46 AM

Looks like compgeeks has more in stock..

1000' Cat5E w/ crimper, ends, and tester - $39.95

300' Cat5e w/ crimper and 30 ends - $24.95

Warning though.. $16 shipping for the 1000' package.




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