Cat5e twisted pair interference/quality
We have had quite a large network install expansion over the summer, with the final ports now being terminated. Recently, we have increasingly been making our own "short" patch cables for the cab, as anything over half a metre (sometimes even half a metre cables themselves) look messy en-masse.
I was aware that the likelyhood of the cable quality being on par with that which you can buy professionally made was quite slim, however, we haven't seen any particular issues in doing this (especially with the very short ones).
However, i've been told that making cables yourself, especially any shorter than 0.5m (some of mine are 0.2/0.3) can have a noticeable negative impact in speed and reliability (due to length and interference). Whilst I don't doubt that it may cause some problems, is the degree which the signal degrades severe enough to contemplate buying in 100+ patch cables professionally made? We have bought some shielded cat5e cables for patching our servers, but specifically I was talking about desktops, most of which will have gig capability at nic and switch.