2 Stars By ANTHONY J. KIEHL on 2016-06-09
Did not work with my standard ethernet crimping tools
This product did not work with my normal crimping tools. I have all the right tools to make my own ethernet cables, and I wanted to make a bunch for the house since wired is faster than wireless. In the end, this product ended up being a weird type that I couldn't use, and I had to return it. Read the product description and reviews carefully to see whether it has any information to help you. I had searched for the type of cable I usually use, and I wanted a big box, so this popped up. It looks like a couple other people had issues with it, too. Basically, get the details before you order.
1 Stars By Craig on 2015-01-24
warning about cca cable from cepro
please review this article before purchasing. CCA doesn't meet the tia standards for cat6.
article is from cepro.com
By Jason Knott, March 21, 2011
In the ongoing effort to educate the structured cabling industry on non-compliant cable products, the Communications Cable and Connectivity Association (CCCA) and the Copper Development Association (CDA) have issued a warning about cable using copper-clad aluminum conductors that do not comply with UL, NEC or TIA codes.
The CCCA has encountered several sources in the U.S. marketing Category 5e and Category 6 communications cables made with copper clad aluminum conductors instead of solid copper conductors. Communications cables made with copper-clad aluminum conductors violate several industry standards, including UL safety standard UL444.
Consequently, such cables made with copper clad aluminum conductors do not have a valid safety listing and cannot be legally installed into areas of buildings which require CM, CMG, CMX, CMR or CMP rated cables.
The CDA also expressed safety and performance concerns over the proliferation of non-compliant copper clad aluminum conductors for certain data cable applications.
The applicable industry standards, which require solid copper conductors for multi-conductor communications cables, are the National Electrical Code (current and older versions), UL 444, and TIA 568C.2.
The National Electrical Code (Section 800.179) states that “Conductors in communications cables, other than in a coaxial cable, shall be copper.” UL 444, Standard for Communications Cable (Section 5.1.1) states that “The conductors shall be solid or stranded, annealed, bare or metal-coated copper.”
UL444 compliance is a basic requirement for any communications cable to receive fire/safety ratings from Underwriters Laboratories or other nationally recognized test laboratories.
The Telecommunications Industry Association’s TIA 568C.2 specification (Section 5.3) requires compliance to ANSI/ICEA S-90-661-2006 and ANSI/ICEA S-102-732 which both include the following language: “Solid conductors shall consist of commercially pure, annealed, bare copper …”
Kevin Ressler, CCCA chairman says: “The use of copper-clad aluminum conductors in cable designs is a relatively new development, so some contractors may be unaware that such cable does not meet the NEC, UL and TIA codes and standards referenced above. Fortunately, copper-clad aluminum conductors can easily be detected by scraping the thin copper surface, exposing the underlying bright aluminum.”
The CCCA points out that the best practice to assure quality cable and network performance is to buy from known brands and quality distributors.
Frank Peri, CCCA’s executive director says, “When dealing with lesser known brands, users should consider asking for complete documentation of product specifications, in writing, to confirm the product meets recognized industry standards. Users should also carefully examine cable for proper marks and labels to show it has been verified or listed by an independent third party such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and/or Intertek/ETL. As an added measure, UL and ETL website directories can also be checked to assure cable manufacturers are in compliance and authorized to display the appropriate mark.”
5 Stars By jonsumer on 2015-02-08
Contrary to many reviews, durable and easy to work with.
I can't agree with any of the reviews saying it's hard to use or attach connectors to this cable. I suspect that anyone who has this trouble is only marginally competent at attaching connectors to pure copper cable. I'm no expert at building ethernet cables, but was able to attach a connector while cramped in a dark 18" crawl space without having a nervous breakdown.
While I would not use this CCA cable to make cables that are reattached on a routine basis, this cable is perfect for fixed installations. It tolerates tight bending radii around studs just fine. Seems like a rational, cost-effective choice.
5 Stars By E. Lorenzi on 2014-04-17
This is some pretty nice wire, I don't know if it's my plastic sleeves that are too small or this wire is extra shielded. Either way it's good quality and pretty pliable. Dispenses easily out of the box, so installations go much easier. One of my buddies had what looked like a hackysack with a ring on it, he would tie the cable to and just toss that sac around in the chilling making running able super easy and fast.
I'm not sure what that throw sack was called but I would super recommended that if your running cable over suspend ceilings.
4 Stars By Nanaboo on 2017-07-27
It is just what we needed to get our computer connected in the man cave.
5 Stars By Alex on 2017-06-01
Almost a year since bought it.
No complaints, works well.
5 Stars By Buda-Claw on 2015-05-18
It's exactly what the title says
It's a box of 500 feet of Cat6 cable. It's exactly what the label says. It comes pre-spooled with a special opening that you can draw the cable out of without making a giant freaking mess in your livingroom.
It took some time to figure out how to actually crimp the ends with the plug heads, but that's user error.
I've made wires everywhere from 1 foot to 60+ feet and all of them work perfectly. My place is now running a 1 gigabit intranet with this stuff plugged into all of my computers/storage.
5 Stars By Dude1980 on 2016-06-01
It's a big box of wire, exactly what I expected. Now I can get started with eliminating some of the wireless connections in my home network.
4 Stars By Brent Cole on 2017-04-06
Good cable, stranded rip cord could be better
Decent quality cable, box is good and easy to carry. Only issue is the stranded rip cord inside is very weak and tears before it will actually tear the sheathing. I find myself just cutting it more than ripping.
1 Stars By Scott Herrick on 2016-11-14
... mistake of thinking all Cat6 cable is the same like I did
Don't make the mistake of thinking all Cat6 cable is the same like I did. I should have read the reviews. CCA (Copper Clad Aluminum) cable is complete garbage. I could not get one keystone jack to punch down properly with this. Ordering some solid copper and starting over.