Originally Posted by Superfluous
I need to terminate some Cat5e cables. How do I tell if they're stranded or solid? I have the heads for both.
Forget what everyone else threw out there, this will give you the breakdown in the different types:
Bulk Cat5e Cable
(Cat5 cable) is primarily available in 3 different types, each type has a specific application. Bulk solid Category 5 cable, the most commonly used, is comprised of a Riser Rated (CMR) PVC jacket and solid core conductors.
core conductors allow the cable to be run long distances while maintaining performance, but reduces the number of times it can be flexed before breaking. This makes solid cat 5 cable perfect for permanent installation applications (long runs from patch panels to wall plates) where the cable will not move much once installed.Stranded
is comprised of a PVC jacket and stranded core conductors making it very flexible. This flexibility allows it to be flexed many times with no negative effects on performance making it perfect for building patch cables.
(CMP) also has solid core conductors, but is built with a low smoke, fire retardant jacket that make it safe for use in plenum air spaces (check your local building codes for requirements).http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category_5_cablehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category_6_cablehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category_7_cable