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January 13, 2014 2:17:21 AM

I'm routing Sky via a Neet HDMI to Cat6 (here http://www.amazon.co.uk/Neet®-Extender-network-Whiteline-cables/dp/B002ECYEYA) from the lounge upstairs to a plasma in the master bedroom. The route is (roughly) 15 to 20m max. There will be a few runs of this to other rooms, up walls, under floor boards etc.

I'll be purchasing Cat6 shielded as recommended by Neet. (an example is here: 100m Category 6 Shielded Violet FTP LSZH Ethernet Lead Network Lan Cable CAT6 | eBay My questions are:

Cat6 Shielded SOLID or STRANDED? I've read conflicting reports regarding maximum length of stranded cable. I've also read there are issues with terminating solid cable v.s stranded - has anyone successfully terminated solid cable ok?

I've not had the opportunity to handle a cable of this type so can't vouch for its flexibility. Again, I assume stranded is slightly more flexible?

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated, especially if anyone has used the above products.
January 13, 2014 4:15:17 AM

neiljfellows said:
I'm routing Sky via a Neet HDMI to Cat6 (here http://www.amazon.co.uk/Neet®-Extender-network-Whiteline-cables/dp/B002ECYEYA) from the lounge upstairs to a plasma in the master bedroom. The route is (roughly) 15 to 20m max. There will be a few runs of this to other rooms, up walls, under floor boards etc.

I'll be purchasing Cat6 shielded as recommended by Neet. (an example is here: 100m Category 6 Shielded Violet FTP LSZH Ethernet Lead Network Lan Cable CAT6 | eBay My questions are:

Cat6 Shielded SOLID or STRANDED? I've read conflicting reports regarding maximum length of stranded cable. I've also read there are issues with terminating solid cable v.s stranded - has anyone successfully terminated solid cable ok?

I've not had the opportunity to handle a cable of this type so can't vouch for its flexibility. Again, I assume stranded is slightly more flexible?

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated, especially if anyone has used the above products.


Stranded cables should be used where the cable is routinely being connected, disconnected, moved, and routed. They're more flexible by design, but they're also harder to terminate as a consequence. Most small patch cables will be stranded.

If you're routing it through a wall, use solid.
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January 14, 2014 5:42:37 AM

neiljfellows said:
Hi,

Thanks for your answer. I'll order some solid, shielded cable then. One final question, from your experience which cable do you think will be the most flexible out of the two cables below:

This one has a central plastic 'core' running through it: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/100m-Category-6-Shielded-Viol...

This one has an 'outer' plastic shell: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/100m-FTP-CAT6-Gigabit-Etherne...

Many thanks, appreciate your input.


Either one will work, but the second one will be far more flexible
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January 14, 2014 5:46:55 AM

Done, ordered :)  Thanks for your advice.
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