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    I have a tight space to try and fit an Ethernet cable into, is there such a thing as a 'very flexible' one that could be recommended?
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    There are flat Ethernet cables that work very well in my experience.

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    Isn't there a minimum bend radius for cat xx cable to keep to specification?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bourneendboy View Post
    I have a tight space to try and fit an Ethernet cable into, is there such a thing as a 'very flexible' one that could be recommended?
    I've had a couple of cheaper ones from eBay and they're VERY flexible, might also mean they're crap though

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    The most flexible are CAT5e unshielded patch cable. Shielded cable will be stiffer and cat6a cable has a ‘cable former’ as well as the shield running down the centre of the cable so avoid that. Don’t bend at right angles or kink the cable, ideally CAT5e shouldn’t be bent tighter than a 1” radius. Flat cable may work if the distance isn’t too great.
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    Thanks fellas!

    Do flat cables not comply with the specification?
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    If you have a cheap Cat 5 cable you try just removing the outer PVC jacket where you want the bends. Worry about it if there is actually any issue with data transfer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bourneendboy View Post
    Thanks fellas!

    Do flat cables not comply with the specification?
    Each CAT x cable has a different specification for performance, if no CAT number quoted I guess it meets no specification.

    Does it matter on the length you are using?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stryder5 View Post
    Each CAT x cable has a different specification for performance, if no CAT number quoted I guess it meets no specification.

    Does it matter on the length you are using?

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    I would need 3mtrs, but now thinking if I'm not getting drop outs with WiFi, why bother with a cable?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bourneendboy View Post
    I would need 3mtrs, but now thinking if I'm not getting drop outs with WiFi, why bother with a cable?
    I agree

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