Fiberous Material in Cat5e

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 Question by Tim Joy posted 06 Oct 2005
 Fiberous Material in Cat5e
I have recivbed a variety of answers related to what the purpose of the Fiberous material inside of Cat5e UTP cable. Every networking professional has given me a different reason for its existance, i would like to know what the actual pupose of this seemingly unused material is.
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 Answer by Dmitri Abaimov posted 06 Oct 2005
Dear Tim,

It is simply a rip cord. That is, if you need to strip off a long piece of cable's jacket (which you never do on CAT5E or CAT6) then you'll use your pliers to pull on the rip cord and it will rip the jacket open. On a standard CAT5E install you only need to strip as little jacket as possible/practical, and therefore the rip cord ends up never used. As a matter of fact many manufacturers have stopped using it altogether.

Sincerely,
Dmitri Abaimov, RCDD

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