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Topic # 196499 2-Jun-2016 11:51
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Hi I need someone to install Cat5E/Cat6, extruded mount rj45 jacks, and possibly a 4-5way patch panel amongst 4 rooms. One room near the VDSL router will have the patch panel and a gigabit switch which we already own. The other 3 will just have a single socket each most likely. Each cable run is approximately 5-10 metres max.


I started doing this myself, but managed to destroy my cheap plastic punchdown tool, then used a flat edge screwdriver instead which (if I'm guessing correctly) leveraged the blade connectors too far apart on the back of the sockets so that they did not puncture the insulation on the cable cores properly. Lessons learned.


As I've already drilled holes, and purchased face plates which are now screwed on to the wall I'd like someone to add on to what I've already done so my time was not wasted.


Thanks. Personal messages most welcome.


(I've had two very expensive qoutes from companies found in the yellow pages already, including one from a pushy SA guy who insisted that he knew better what we wanted than I did and kept trying to upsell us extra stuff we do not want or need. I just want someone affordable who listens to what we want, and does it.)





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  Reply # 1564138 2-Jun-2016 11:55
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GZ user @coffeebaron offers to assist with master filter cabling for VDSL connections.  I wonder if he would give you a bit of a hand with this.  If you have already done the hard work of running the cables, punching down into outlets may be trivial for someone with his considerable skills.

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  Reply # 1564158 2-Jun-2016 12:03
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Cheers, I had him in mind already but was reaching out to other smallish companies or sole contractors as I'd like to support my fellow geeks by putting out this small tender.


I've only done one cable run and I used flexible Cat5e from a very long patch cable I've had for years, which I chopped the end plugs off. Obviously this was pretty cowboy of me but I really hate throwing stuff out and tend to be a bit of a hoarder. ( A recovering one I like to think, as I've manged to biff out more in the last year than in a longtime.)

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  Reply # 1564185 2-Jun-2016 12:28
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If you've used stranded cable, it probably won't punch down properly into the connectors - you'll end up with flaky connections with intermittent faults. Best to use solid cable, even if you have to buy a few metres...

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Reply # 1564188 2-Jun-2016 12:38
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If you've used stranded cable, it probably won't punch down properly into the connectors - you'll end up with flaky connections with intermittent faults. Best to use solid cable, even if you have to buy a few metres...



Stopping to visualize it for a second, this makes perfect sense as the strands would shift around inside the sheath plus the diameter of the cable might not be the same as with solid. I was considering soldering straight to the connectors even. I wish the two multipage wikipedia articles I printed out on cat cables, and ethernet had mentioned this.

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  Reply # 1564192 2-Jun-2016 12:43
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You will have to crimp a plug on the end of the cable and use a double socketed passthru keystone if you still want wallplates.


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  Reply # 1564195 2-Jun-2016 12:48
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Basically, solid cable for permanent installations. Stranded is only used for patch cables - the cable has to be more flexible and resistant to breaking/bending.


EDIT: Should have joined GZ earlier and asked here wink

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