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Weaver

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Flat ethernet cable
« on: August 11, 2018, 02:22:11 PM »

I have noticed Amazon iirc selling 'flat layout' ethernet cable, like a ribbon if that is the right word. Some with high ratings, CAT6a and CAT7.

Does anyone have any experiences with it?

Its flexibility could be handy I suppose, but I actually wonder if that could be a curse too looked at another way. Useful under a mat too. Does that make it too easy to bend into too small a radius, with damage to the twist of the pairs? The plastic cross-piece in centre of the usual CAT7 cables, in those I have seen anyway, is there presumably to keep the pairs in place, but maybe also to stiffen it and prevent minimum radius bend violation?
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Re: Flat ethernet cable
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2018, 11:18:02 PM »

Having seen the damage caused by repeated abrasion/pressure to cables run under carpet I would avoid that situation if at all possible.  :no:
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Re: Flat ethernet cable
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2018, 11:55:33 PM »

A cable bridge instead then, which protects the cable?
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Re: Flat ethernet cable
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2018, 12:02:41 AM »

If your mention of a cable-bridge is what I think it is, you might as well just use standard Ethernet cable and ignore the fancy types of cable!
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Re: Flat ethernet cable
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2018, 12:10:04 AM »

@Burakkucat, no that was what I meant- we are in agreement. I was thinking more about using the flat stuff for very short patch cables esp where you have to do a u-turn.
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Re: Flat ethernet cable
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2018, 12:21:09 AM »

I believe the plastic core in CAT6 and higher cables is to reduce crosstalk by ensuring separation of the pairs, but maybe that's of lesser significance on very short runs.
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