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    Cables - how much and where from?

    I'm in short supply of 0.5 metre and shorter cables. Everywhere I look the cables are a pound or more whereas I'm pretty sure that not so long back you could pick them up for 20p. If it comes down to it I can cut them myself, but it's a huge PITA and I won't really have the time.

    Any help appreciated!

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    If you mean patch cables then I have always found CPC to be fairly reasonable if you look hard enough.

    Depending on how many you need it's probably cheaper to get a big drum of cable and make them up yourself.

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    I tend to look in the clearance section of PCWorld Business - usually pick them up for about 20p. Some times they have hundreds available othertimes it is just a few.

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    Give Darren at Fruity Cables a call he is well worth a look for pricing, saved me an absolute fortune on cabling of late they have!

    His Details:
    Darren Hurst
    Fruity Cables
    DDI: 0207 193 4350
    Tel: 0845 367 8050
    Fax: 0845 330 9311
    UTP Patch Cables|Cat 5 Patch Cables|Cat 5e Patch Cables|Cat 6 cables|Fibre optic cables

    I very much recommend them.

    Half meter ones are currently showing at 36p each but give him a call and see what he can do them at for you.

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    Cheers for the replies. Looking here: Videk Cat5ee STP Patch Cable Red0.5mtr 1962-0.5B - PC World Business Online Store UK - Buy The Best Deals Online.

    As you can see from the title, it's listed as STP. Why on earth would you need shielded cabling only half a metre long?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fafster View Post
    Cheers for the replies. Looking here: Videk Cat5ee STP Patch Cable Red0.5mtr 1962-0.5B - PC World Business Online Store UK - Buy The Best Deals Online.

    As you can see from the title, it's listed as STP. Why on earth would you need shielded cabling only half a metre long?
    From a server to a main switch or something? I know it's a short length but shielded cables can work wonders!

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    Again, thanks for the replies. Will be sending an order to Fruity Cables. I'll soon have so many they'll be coming out my ears.

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    Insight are doing

    Connex Cat5e Rj45 Utp Patch Cable Yellow 0.5m
    Connex Cat5e Rj45 Utp Patch Cable Green 0.5m

    for £0.19 on gcat pricing (list shows £1.99)

    Give their education department a try and ask for gcat (or catalyst) pricing and see what they'll do, if they won't play ball drop me a line and I'll ask my account manager.

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    I buy only excel unbooted for my cabs. £0.56 I think they were.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SC-UK View Post
    From a server to a main switch or something? I know it's a short length but shielded cables can work wonders!
    the switch would have to be pretty b***** close to the back of the server with 0.5m cables.

    Interesting idea to go with STP cables for top of rack applications.

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    Yeah Kenable and these

    Computer Room Installations - Suppliers of Cat5e Patch Cables, Cat6 Patch Leads, Cat5e Cable, Cat6

    They are cheap (30-40p) and have been quick to deliver for us in the past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fafster View Post
    I'm in short supply of 0.5 metre and shorter cables. Everywhere I look the cables are a pound or more whereas I'm pretty sure that not so long back you could pick them up for 20p. If it comes down to it I can cut them myself, but it's a huge PITA and I won't really have the time.

    Any help appreciated!
    If you value your time you really don't want to be making patch cables (and particularly if you need more than the odd one-off)

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    Have a look at this place. We have started ordering all our leads from here now, we go through alot of the 0.3m ones in the cabs now as we go around the 150 sites tidying cabs so have had a fair few from them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by srochford View Post
    If you value your time you really don't want to be making patch cables (and particularly if you need more than the odd one-off)
    I actually save up all the patch cables I find with broken plugs (i.e. retaining clip snapped off) and re-terminate them on the extremely rare occasion that I find myself at a loose end (pun absolutely intended, harhar).

    Partly it's because I hate throwing things out, but I also find it oddly relaxing. Plus, it makes me feel better about the small fortune I paid for my Linkrunner because I'm getting some use out of it!



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