OK, I'm throwing my hands up in the air.
Terminating network cable seems so simple. Strip it, sort them out, clip them even, slide them in, crimp them. I've got the tools, I know the order, I've gotten quite good at quickly straightening out those tighter twisted blues, etc.
But over time... ALL my cables eventually fail.
For instance, right now, to my bedroom, I have three CAT6 run from one end of the house to the other. It's a 70 or 80 foot run (typical 100ft long Chicago condo architecture). Of these three, I got one that would actually give me a proper signal from one end of a powered Component Extender to the other. Even that one won't work over a non-powered one. The others will work with audio and IR but nothing else.
Anyway, I thought I had it working nicely, with my Gefen component matrix sending me pretty 720p pictures to my 720p monitor via the Gefen powered extender and a monoprice 23awg CAT6, with 2 feet of premium component cable on either end.
Then Cable2 started blinking in and out.
Cable1 was fine. I eventually figured out that it could take 720p no problem but blinked with 1080i.
But tonight it started blinking on every source, all at 720p.
Now, I know that CAT6 is tougher to get just right because of the tighter winding and especially because of the plastic X in the middle. I got the different terminations with the little plastic guide (which is extremely difficult to feed all 8 into) and that got me over the hump to at least get me a picture. Previously I had CAT5e over shorter runs that worked with non-powered HDMI baluns (2xCAT5e) until any kind of movement happened and jostled them into failure. Now I have CAT6 that works for a while and now gives me a flickering picture.
I'm ready to give up and run a component cable right through the hallway on the floor.
I'm not trying to do HDMI distribution through a switcher. I feel like this shouldn't be that complicated. And really, it's not. I just suck at terminating network cables, apparently.
So... anyone have any tips that I might not have heard or seen yet? Anyone local to Chicago that can guarantee a bulletproof termination that wants to come over and make a few bucks?
Sorry to vent. It's just really frustrating. I got a week of perfect distribution and peace, now it's all going to hell again.