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Originally Posted by Romolo
Would there be any visible indication on the cable itself if it's solid core? The And yes, the run is in-wall.
Probably not. If the cable appears to have come with a pre-installed connector end (looks like a "standard" ethernet cable) it's more than likely not. Most solid core CAT-6 cable is AWG23, which is a fairly thick cable and is not terminated with the standard connector end. I terminated my solid core with CAT-6 punch down keystone wall jacks so I could connect a CAT-6 cable (standard ethernet cable) externally to the wall and then run that to a powered gigabit switch.
If your cable is in-wall, it might be difficult to swap the cable out if the cable has been tacked down to the studs anywhere along its run. Depending on how the installer installed it, you may be able to follow the path with a fish stick and run new cabling. If the existing cable is not tacked down, you may be able to use it as a pull string by attaching new cable to it and pulling it through. The other thing to be aware of is bend radius. If you have too sharp of a bend in the cable, 4k HDR and beyond may have reliability issues due to hampering of the signal path. Conduit takes care of both of those issues.
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