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TOPIC: Solid Vs. Stranded UTP cable

Solid Vs. Stranded UTP cable 12 years 8 months ago #15785

What's the difference between solid and stranded cat5e-6, etc cable? What does each of them look like and what's the purpose of each? I've searched online but the information I've found is unclear. I guess one is used for patch cables and the other isn't...?


Patch cables 12 years 8 months ago #15804

That's basically it; the solid cored cable is used for fixed wiring and the flexible is used for patch leads which have to cope with movement without breaking

Re: Solid Vs. Stranded UTP cable 12 years 8 months ago #15814

Thanks for the reply.

What's the physical difference between the two? I've noticed on some UTP cable a crossed rubber component running parallel and seperating each of the pairs of wires, is this the solid type?

Thanks :)

UTP 12 years 8 months ago #15828

The difference is in the physical construction of the copper conductor itself. If you strip the end of the cable, separate the conductors and bend one you'll see. In a solid cored cable the core will stay bent and feel rigid. In a patch lead they are more floppy.
The non-conducting internal components you mentioned are there to maintain the electrical and physical characteristics of the cable along its length. These vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Sometimes you'll also see a nylon thread or string, and there may also be talcum powder
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