[Q] I have some old CAT 5 Patch Cable. Can I reuse it?
[A] This is not going to be a simple yes or no question. As we have
discussed in previous help topics, there are great differences
in the quality of materials and construction that can go into
the making of CAT 5, CAT 5E or CAT 6 Patch and Crossover Cables.
the cable is cheap and poorly constructed, it probably will
not take a great deal of abuse before the cable will be ready
to be disposed of.
used in semi-permanent applications seem to have a decent life
span, but then they tend to fail after they are removed for the
first time. This is likely due to the cable becoming brittle
after being in the same position for years at a time, and then
suddenly moved and reinstalled elsewhere.
the cable is make of superior components, it will most likely
still be good for years to come, and it will withstand a great
deal more punishment. Keep in mind, even the best cable made
can still be damaged by placing it certain high-risk situations.
If you place any kind of CAT 5 Cable on the floor without
a protective strip, it will take only a certain amount of traffic
over it before the wires become exposed and eventually cut.
can be difficult to know for sure, but as a general rule you
can look at the cable and know if it can be reused. If the integrity
of the PVC jacket is still intact, and the RJ45 plug has not been pulled loose, then the cable will most likely be
okay to use, unless there is hidden damage to the individual
pairs. Only a test meter will verify the cable is still functional..
your best judgment. If the cable looks like it might be bad,
then it probably is. When in doubt, throw it out.
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