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50-Ft. Flat Cat5e Cable

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Product Summary

Get the cable you need.

Easily add another computer to your network. This 8-conductor (four twisted pair, unshielded) cable has RJ-45 modular plugs and boots. The 50-micron gold-plated pins deliver better data transmission, and the flat cable design reduces interference and is perfect for running along baseboards. It's the fastest Cat5e available.

  • 8-conductor (four twisted pair, unshielded) cable
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  • Parts: 90 days
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RadioShack50-Ft. Flat Cat5e Cable
 
3.0

(based on 5 reviews)

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60%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable construction (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Networking (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (3)

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    3.0

    Cat5e Standard

    By Professor

    from OKC, OK

    About Me Value Oriented

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • A home or small office
        • Where Cat5e not required

        Comments about RadioShack 50-Ft. Flat Cat5e Cable:

        This product would work in places where you need to run a cable in a tight space. I considered running several (about an inch apart) under the carpeting between the wall and a conference table.

        The main issue with this cable is its length. The CAT5e TIA/EIA 568 standard allows only 5 meters (16 ft) of stranded (patch) cable on either end of a horizontal cabling run. That would be one from the wall plate to the workstation and another from the patch panel to the switch. If you exceed that length the whole run is not Cat5e.

        The fact is in a non-critical, non-POE situation, it will probably work great.

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Works as intended - as for "Tech Dude" -

        By H. W. Johnson

        from USofA (Or what used to be)

        About Me Value Oriented

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Durable construction
        • Highly Compatible
        • Improves Performance
        • Reliable
        • Strong Connection Points

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Computer Equipment
        • High-End Equipment
        • Networking

        Comments about RadioShack 50-Ft. Flat Cat5e Cable:

        Well for the consumer for which this is intended it is in fact a "Flat Cat5e" cable which if not modified - works as intended and well at that. [...]

        • Primary use:
        • Business
         
        5.0

        cat5e

        By bigdawg

        from pennsylvaina

        Pros

        • Durable construction
        • Reliable

        Cons

        • NA

        Best Uses

        • Computer Equipment
        • Networking

        Comments about RadioShack 50-Ft. Flat Cat5e Cable:

        i had no problem hooking the cable up. it works fine.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        (11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        BIG PROBLEMS DOES NOT MEET EIA Standard

        By Tech Dude

        from San Jose, California

        About Me Quality Oriented

        Pros

        • Durable construction

        Cons

        • Limited Compatibility
        • No Performance Gain
        • Pinout colors INCORRECT
        • Unreliable

        Best Uses

          Comments about RadioShack 50-Ft. Flat Cat5e Cable:

          The TIA/EIA standard for CAT 5e is NOT met with this Radio shack flat cable (50 foot package). If you use the cable "straight through" it will work. Both terminations are the same ie: NOT a crossover cable. WARNING, if you must clip off one of the ends to route the cable, be CAREFUL making a new termination. The wire is stranded so you MUST use insulation piercing connectors. Here is what I found after testing mine. Both terminations are 8P8C/RJ-45 and the same pins.
          Pin 1= Blue/white
          Pin 2= Blue
          Pin 3= Orange/white
          Pin 4= Green
          Pin 5= Green/white
          Pin 6= Orange
          Pin 7= Brown/white
          Pin 8= Brown

          The CAT5 e TIA/EIA 568-B standard (most common for CAT 5e) is as follows:

          Pin 1= Orange/white
          Pin 2= Orange
          Pin 3= Green/white
          Pin 4= Blue
          Pin 5= Blue/white
          Pin 6= Green
          Pin 7= Brown/white
          Pin 8= Brown

          So, if you are forced to cut off one of the "RJ45" terminations of this 50 ft Radio Shack cable (to route or shorten the cable). Please follow this recommendation when wiring a new "single sided" termination.

          1) Use ONLY an 8P8C connector (RJ-45 type) that supports "wire piercing". I got mine at Lowes hardware (Ideal mfg part number 85-346).

          2) In order for the new cable to work you must use the following pinouts for YOUR NEW termination of this Radio shack cable. NOT in conformance to the EIA 568B color codes

          Pin #1 Blue/white
          Pin #2 Blue
          Pin #3 White/Orange
          Pin #4 Green
          Pin #5 Green/white
          Pin #6 Orange
          Pin #7 Brown/white
          Pin #8 Brown

          Thats it. I believe that if something that if sold and is specified to meet a standard--IT SHOULD MEET THE STANDARD. Here is why---there are millions of different devices designed using the CAT5 e standard. Many of these use P.O.E. or Power Over Ethernet. Within the CAT 5e are the IEEE POE standards IEEE 802.3 af and REQUIREMENTS FOR POWER and voltage for pins #4 and #5 (positive polarity) and #7 and #8 (negative polarity). For ease of description/installation these manufacturers may use COLOR CODES from the CAT 5e STANDARD. If you assume that this Radio Shack cable MEETS the CAT 5 E standard (it does NOT), you can potentially destroy any device connected to it using POE (IEEE 802.3 af and above---2005). The problem gets worse with the new IEEE 802.3 AT standard. Your "PD (powered device)" can see up to 56 watts of power. Not good for the device if you ever have to make a termination on this cable and don't know that RADIO SHACK changed the color codes without telling you. This could cost you LOTS of dollars.

          I could have easily BURNED OUT a $3,000 ip network camera using POE on CAT5e cable if I hadn't been super cautious about using "Radio Shack" cable. Luckily, I tested the Radio Shack cable and found the color code flaws. All Radio Shack had to do was own up to the issue or manufacture the cable so it meets the standard it says it meets (CAT5 e).

          • Primary use:
          • Business

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          never again

          By Kodiak

          from Lancaster, Ohio

          About Me Quality Oriented

          Pros

            Cons

            • Flimsy Construction
            • No Performance Gain
            • Unreliable
            • Weak Connection Points

            Best Uses

            • Networking
            • X box live

            Comments about RadioShack 50-Ft. Flat Cat5e Cable:

            I bought this because it was kind of cheap. I guess you get what you pay for. The cable was defective. It didn't work at all. My friend told me I should have bought "the blue stuff". I should have took his advice.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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