Suggestions for good Cat6 solid core network cabling (not plenum)

Hello Experts,
Its that time.. I need to purchase another roll of Cat6 solid core cabling.
My question is this... should I use price as a determing factor for quality or do you have any suggestons for what to buy or what to avoid? Should I stick with what we already are using or go for something $100 cheaper?
Is there a site that reviews cabling?

Most of our shop has been wired with this: I can buy in town for $267 per k

or this for $120 cheaper online through a dealer

This cabling for the most part is being purchased for a group of 100' - 150' runs.

Any help or suggestions is appreciated,

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Rob WilliamsCommented:
You will never get 2 folks to agree on best brand, and you tend to get what you pay for in life.
Technically speaking all meet the specs for which they were designed Cat5/5E/6, however the critical part of CATx cable is maintaining the shape of the cable internally. If you are laying it flat on the ground it doesn't make a lot of difference, however we pull it, stretch it, kink it etc. The cable you are using and a few others, such as Panduit have the plastic + core that makes a big difference in maintaining the pair separation when making a bend or pulling on the cable, thus maintaining the cable integrity, and performance. Sounds like you don't use a lot of cable so the overall cost to your network makes little difference.

One thing to consider though,is there are certified cable warranties, by manufacturers. In order to obtain the warranty you must use their product through ought, including the specified cable. However, this also requires being installed by one of their certified installers, so it probably won't apply in your case.

Just don't buy a non-name cable. You company, General, is large cable manufacturer.


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As a state-licensed electrician, I agree with RobWill. The non-plenum General cable you cited is still rated CMR, which is suitable for running between floors and in risers.
A plenum (CMP) rating adds the ability to be run through air handling ducts and plenums, but that's not a generally accepted practice.

The Bafo cable's page does not mention any such rating in its specs, so most-likely it is rated only CM.
future_hoovesAuthor Commented:
Thank you very much for your help.  I just ordered the same General Cabling.
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Thanks future_hooves.
Cheers !
future_hoovesAuthor Commented:
No Thank you,  I am very new to this and trying not to 'mis-step- to often.
Rob WilliamsCommented:
New to cabling, IT, or Experts-Exchange?
Looks like the latter. Welcome a board !!!
future_hoovesAuthor Commented:
HA HA HA .. all 3!
Rob WilliamsCommented:
You will age quickly !  Good luck with the lot.
Bye for now.
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