Monoprice Cable - OK?

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Avery

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I have a large remodel, and will probably pull 1000-2000' of Ethernet cable, as there are some runs that might go 60-80'.

What I've purchased already is 1000' of Monoprice UTP Cat6a CMR rated solid cable. I've seen a few references to making sure you are using quality cable.

Does this qualify?

I later read about the PITA and cost associated with the Cat 6A terminations. For a second roll, should I go with Cat 6 or is it kludge running 6 and 6a in the same install? Or should I just stick with 6A across the board and suck it up? I would definitely run Access Points, LAGs, as 6A.
 

L&LD

Part of the Furniture
I would use the same wiring throughout the installation. The quality of the Monoprice cable is not something I am familiar with. Others will voice their concerns, if necessary.
 

Trip

Very Senior Member
Cat6 will do 10Gb up to 55 meters (~180 feet), and quality, verified solid core will be almost as power-efficient while carrying PoE as Cat6a. 6a will give you 10Gb beyond 55m and potentially more thermal performance for higher-power PoE (Type 4 / 802.3bt), but will only be more expensive for likely no real benefit in your use-case, more of a pain to terminate and thicker/heavier (unless you go with a 24AWG slimmer product like Belden 10GXS, but that would be a small fortune). IMHO, for your project, Cat6 is all you need.

As far as Monoprice goes, just another Chinese whitelabel that has happened to fall into the graces of the "good enough" school of over the past few years. Make no mistake, though, it's not TAA/BAA, nor is it certified/verified, but the price is reflective. That said, it usually works well enough for most, but it's not without its faults. Here's a September recall on 10,000+ spools for crappy CMR jacketing that couldn't pass the fire test. If I had to guess, they got a bad batch of chemicals (which can happen to anybody) but clearly it missed QA/QC.

IMHO, I'd rather pay a bit more for a commercial-grade, domestic product that's individually verified. The usual suspects would be Belden, Berk-Tek, General, Mohawk, Panduit, Superior Essex, Vertical Cable, etc. You should be able to source at a local commercial electrical supplier, online at a place like FalconTech or discounted surplus on eBay.
 
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Avery

Occasional Visitor
Ok, thanks for the thoughts.

Aside from 6/6a, would you go so far as to sell the unused Monoprice on craigslist and order US made?

Previously I have always used CMR, as I have gone between floors in my current and past houses. Is CMR correct for my application?

Edit: Falcontech did point out one Mohawk Cat6 CMR that they carry (just not listed that way on their site).
 
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coxhaus

Part of the Furniture
I would use US made cable while you have your house apart in the remodel. You hate to have to replace the cable after put your walls back. It sure will be a big problem later on.
 

Trip

Very Senior Member
@Avery - If you sense you can get decent dollar for it, yeah I'd probably dump it in favor of Mohawk GigaLAN or Berk-Tek LANMark, either of which are right around $150 for 1000 feet at Falcon, which is a smoking deal as far as I'm concerned.

Re- jacket type, for multi-floor runs, definitely CMR over CM, and as long as you're not routing through any air ducts with active flow, you shouldn't need CMP (plenum). That said, if you're in doubt and/or don't mind the premium, going all CMP eliminates any second-guessing, plus fewer types of stock to juggle if you plan on doing more cabling later. Also, no harm in being over-spec'd when it comes to electrical/fire code. (It's for those reasons that I only keep plenum on hand for my consulting work). Presuming no routing in airflow cavities, though, CMR should be just fine.
 
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sfx2000

Part of the Furniture
What I've purchased already is 1000' of Monoprice UTP Cat6a CMR rated solid cable. I've seen a few references to making sure you are using quality cable.

Does this qualify?
It's fine - you'll be good to go...

If you're pulling cable - do yourself a favor and pull two to each drop...
 

Avery

Occasional Visitor
@Avery - If you sense you can get decent dollar for it, yeah I'd probably dump it in favor of Mohawk GigaLAN or Berk-Tek LANMark, either of which are right around $150 for 1000 feet at Falcon, which is a smoking deal as far as I'm concerned.
First off, happy thanksgiving to anyone in the US!

@Trip - I was getting ready to order one of the products you mentioned, and am not sure I have the right product.

What Falcon stocks around that price is the CMR Mohawk 6 LAN (not GigaLAN) and the BerkTek LANmark 6 (not the LANmark 1000). Based on their sites, these seem like the lower end products, though I don't have knowledge about the practical implications of a lower end cat6 product versus a premium cat6 product.

Are these products solid for the long haul and good for the PoE spectrum, or should I be looking for a higher grade product within these manufacturers? I see, for instance, that they don't have any stiffener in the center of the cable.
 
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