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RiteAV - Cat5e Network Ethernet Cable - Blue - 50 ft.

4.2 out of 5 stars 690 customer reviews

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Product Description

Used to Connect Computers, Switches, Routers, and other devices with Network Jacks. Made from High Grade Durable material. Supports Ethernet, 3D, and Audio Return.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 10 x 5.1 x 2.1 inches
Item Weight 1 pounds
Shipping Weight 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Manufacturer RiteAV
ASIN B000V0ETA6
Item model number 141160
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4.2 out of 5 stars 690 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,264 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Accessories > Cables & Interconnects > Ethernet Cables
#12,491 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Cables
Date first available at Amazon.com October 2, 2001

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My son needed a cord to run X-Box Live. After looking at the cords that were specifically indicated for X-Box, I decided to just find a cord that was of the type needed. I found this very long blue cord that works great, and it's half the price of the other "X-Box" cords. Don't waste your money on those other cords. Buy this one. It reaches easily from my son's room to the computer in our office area.
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Sometimes I see reviews that say "low quality", then argue that the cable isn't carbon fiber reinforced with gold plated connectors, so it must be low quality. That's not the kind of "low quality" I mean. What I mean is that the cable fell apart after a month.

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)

Bottom line:

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.
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I purchased this cable several months ago for a networking project in an academic laboratory environment. I definitely would not purchase this particular product again.

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.
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By Warriorpoet on December 12, 2009
Arrived in a timely manner, great price. The only negative I have is the outer casing for the wire is not very durable. Just don't try to close a door over it or it may cut into the casing, silly me...
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By J. Quilling on September 12, 2009
Product works great and was a great value. Similar products sell in stores for $40!I love it.
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I tested the cable and it seemed to work as patch cable. I tested it with my cable tester and it passed the test.

I purchased the cable because it was inexpensive and I planned to use it in a different way. My plan was to use it as bulk wire, cut it and prepare custom length cables with a crimping tool.

As some reviewers point out, this cable does not meet Cat5e standards. The cable's wires were not in twisted pairs but in very thin strands. The colors on the wire casings were non-standard. They were all in solid colors and difficult to distinguish. Standard Cat5e cables are arranged in four twisted pairs - blue/white-blue, orange/white-orange, green/white-green, and brown/white-brown with conductors of a thicker gauge than these.

Needless to say, it was impossible to crimp these cables and I wasted my money.

It is understandable why some reviewers found these cables neither durable nor reliable.

The cable is not of good quality but at the $5.00 price, it might be worth a try as a patch cable.
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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.The plastic coating immediately started to rip within a week of useage.
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By Dennis on August 6, 2011
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The one I received did not function. I plugged it in, no connection. I plugged in another cable across the same gap full functionality. I think the production quality is low. This cable is very light - does not seem to have much metal in it.
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