Re: Cable for home network?
Nate Amsden wrote (on 31 Mar 2001, at 21:28):
> signal. so if your going 100 feet or even 50 i would
> for sure use solid core. pvc should be fine for your
> cables or if you make your own be sure to crimp em
> right, a couple of my friends learned the wrong way
> and they made me a few cables but they didn't work
> worth shit if the length was more then 15feet. for me
> i always buy premade cables as i can't crimp worth shit
Solid core takes different RJ45 crimps from stranded, and you're
likely to get the wrong ones because solid-wire cable almost
never gets a plug crimped on it: it gets clipped into a patch
panel or a wall jack. If you crimp a normal plug on solid cable,
you will have a connection in the beginning, but it won't last.
The best thing is to connect your solid-wire cable to a surface-
mount wall jack--and do screw that to the wall--then use pre-
crimped patch cables. That way your network can stand being
plugged and unplugged a few hundred times.
If most of your computers are in one room, of course, you'd want
to put the switch there and just run patch cables (up to 15') to
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