Shielded Twisted Pair Solid Versus Stranded Questions
Posted on 2005-05-15
I currently have 4 pair unshielded twisted pair cat5e cable running throughout my home. I ran two 4 pair wires to each location, 1 for phone and 1 for data.
For some reason I am picking up a radio station on my phones. I can't believe this is happening since I thought the twists would reduce all interference (versus old school untwisted phone wire). I think the radio station is coming from somewhere in my house because I don't hear any radio station when I connect my phone to the DMARC outside.
I would like to replace certain runs with Shielded cable since I am picking up a radio station on some of my phone lines.
I have found lots of SOLID shielded twisted pair but very little STRANDED shielded twisted pair. I have never used solid cable before and am a bit weary.
(1) What is better solid or stranded?
(2) Can solid cable be punched down to a 66/110 block just like stranded?
(3) With shielded cable is it important to have shielded connectors on the end, shielded keystone jacks, etc?
(4) On my phone cables I have one pair not punched down (brown/brown white), could this be picking up the radio station?