RiteAV - Cat5e Network Ethernet Cable - Blue - 50 ft.
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As a few other reviewers have said, the cable is fine _as long as you don't touch it_.
I use the cable 'on the go', I plug it in only when I need it. After a month of light to moderate usage, the plastic coating has separated from one of the connectors. That's probably a grand total of 20 connections/disconnections from the computer. Obviously, it's pretty low quality, regardless of your definition, regardless of how you're using it.
(I uploaded a picture of the broken cable so that you can see the issue)
If the cable's just going to be sitting in a fixed location and never touched, and IF there's nothing in a similar price range that will suite your needs, this might be adequate.
For any other usage, get something else.
The cable DOES function, but it is cheaply made from weak materials: it kinks very easily, the clips that hold the connector in the device are flimsy and easily break off, and the cable jacket is much more easily damaged than on any other brand of Ethernet cable I have ever encountered.
As other reviewers have noted, this cable does not appear to be twisted pair upon disassembly. Twisted pair cabling is designed to reduce electromagnetic interference that would otherwise reduce the cable's ability to accurately transmit a signal. While the cable appears to function properly when used to connect a desktop computer to the building network, you may want to take this design flaw into account if the cable will be used to network sensitive devices.
For my next network project, I purchased the more expensive Mediabridge - Blue RJ45 Computer Networking Cat5e Ethernet Patch Cable - (50 Feet) of the same length; the Mediabridge cable is of significantly higher durability and overall quantity. Unless cost is your primary concern, I would recommend the Mediabridge cable over this one.
NOTE: I'm very careful and gentle with things I buy. I mention this so that someone doesn't read the following and think I was rough with the cord when I was actually quite careful with it.
As soon as I took it out of the plastic I hooked it up to the modem and the laptop and it works fine. Then I notice the cord is falling apart at both ends. The blue plastic covering over the wires inside is broken at both ends where it's supposed to connect to the connector pieces. Over time this would lead to the wires inside breaking. I immediately taped this part of the wire to strengthen it. Then, later on, when I was done with the wire I removed it from the laptop. As I was removing it I pushed the little plastic "button" that releases the connector from the port. I was extra gentle at this point seeing the quality of the cord. Even so, the little plastic "button" immediately snapped off.
At this point the wire still works, though it now does not click in to the port and hold itself, so it can easily fall out.
I'll still be using it since I bought it and hopefully it will keep working, but the quality was a huge disappointment. You save a lot of money on this cord but it turns out to be very very easily broken even with careful use.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great Value. Bought this a while ago and it remains one of the best purchases I made for price and quality of Cat5e cable.Published 24 days ago by JP
Very cheap thin quality.I can get a stronger signal wireless than being connected directly with this cable. It just does not carry a signal very well. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rush Reviews
Excellent deal for such a long cable. Works as described and at advertised speeds.Published 2 months ago by Vision