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    Re: Where do you get your patch cables.

    Have bought them from novatech before - patchsave are OK, usually get them when we're having a project done with the project.

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    Re: Where do you get your patch cables.

    Sorry to throw this thread OT - but if you do go down the route of making your own, where do you guys get your cable testers from? they seem a bit expensive for what they are :/

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    Re: Where do you get your patch cables.

    A standard multimeter will do the trick. Just measure resistance.

    You can get them from Maplin which aren't too pricey, I am sure you could get them cheaper elsewhere. It is worth the investment for a decent one though as it can help trace faults on the network very quickly.

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    Re: Where do you get your patch cables.

    A large box stuck in the corner... we've got rather a glut of them... but I'm not sharing them... they'll come in handy!

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    Re: Where do you get your patch cables.

    As with a few others in this thread, we make our own. We have a few rolls of 300m of different colours, and we just whip up patch cables as and when we need them.

    Whenever we build a new IT suite from scratch (as we did last summer) or need to do a larger cable run we do all the cabling ourselves, and when you need a lengh of 13m 45cms, its useful to just be able to roll out some of the cable and make an exact length, nice and tidy

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    Re: Where do you get your patch cables.

    I've got about 200 spare 2m patch leads at the moment, so don't really have a preferred supplier :P

    However, if I can convince my boss to, I'll be purchasing a proper tester and a couple of boxes of cable and do them myself.

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    Re: Where do you get your patch cables.

    Sorry guys but we just don't have the time to sit making our own. But then again our budget permits this and i know some of you work to a tight budget.

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    Re: Where do you get your patch cables.

    We've had our budget doubled to just £16k a year. It goes no were. built a computer CAD/CAM room last summer, did all the cabling my self, saved me about £450 rather than get a company in. why is it always a hot roosting day when you have to run cables?

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    Re: Where do you get your patch cables.

    Quote Originally Posted by bishopsgarthstockton
    why is it always a hot roosting day when you have to run cables?
    Because thats whats called Sods Law! Why was my Comms Cupboard 30C when I was fitting a new phone system the other week ? Because it could be thats why!

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    Re: Where do you get your patch cables.

    We have never bought any... they just come with a lot of the computers we buy and whenever we replace a pc we obviously strip it down first before throwing it away (and the patch lead is obviously a very useful thing to keep).

    In both my schools now we have loads of spare patch leads since both have had new ict suites installed.

    EDIT: Thats not quite true, I have bought long ones (I think they were 25M) from misco before for £10.99 each... which I personally thought was a pretty good deal .

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    Re: Where do you get your patch cables.

    It would be nice to buy lovely coloured cables, but our greatly diminishing budget is spent on stuff we can't make ourselves. It takes five minutes to do, including labelling and testing, and can be done as and when required, you don't have to ring up a supplier then wait for delivery.

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    Re: Where do you get your patch cables.

    We use Comms Express for most of our networking needs. A very good supplier and cheap too. Ebuyer is also good for stuff like that.

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    Re: Where do you get your patch cables.

    i get ours from bka in reading

    bka.co.uk

    dont get them from maplin or pc world lol

    baz

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    Re: Where do you get your patch cables.

    We have never had to buy any since we have around 500, and thats after a clearout - we used to get them with every PC and since replacement cycles have come around, we ended up with loads of spares

    For 0.3m and 0.5m ones though we use Hills

    bazuk I checked that site out as I would like to use a local supplier, but 70p seems a lot for a 0.5m cable

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