installing Cat 6 cable

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 Question by Ralph Banks posted 10 May 2001
 installing Cat 6 cable
I will be supervising the installation of Cat 6 cable, which I have never done before. Do you have any tips on installing this cable. I have heard that installation is difficult? Thanks.
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 Answer by Dmitri Abaimov posted 11 May 2001
Dear Ralph,

The CAT6 installation may be considered more difficult than CAT5(E) only because the conductors are twisted more tightly, which makes it difficult to split them apart. Please allow your installers little (say, 10%) more time at first to get used to it. And you will hear them complaining about sore fingers and broken nails :-).

However, it doesn't take much to adapt to CAT6 since everything else is essentially the same as it was before. Besides, cabling manufacturers usually take care of the installation and make the jacks/panels with sharper teeth that divide conductors in pair, which makes it little easier to install.

Good luck with your installation!

Sincerely,
Dmitri Abaimov, RCDD

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