how often and is it neccessary to change your cat (5, 5e, or 6) cables?

Hi,

I wanted to ask whether it is necessary to change or replace your cat cables (5, 5e, or 6)?

If it is necessary, how long should you wait till you need to replace all your cables again within your office?

Thanks, B
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asavenerCommented:
Replace them when you trip over them, or break off a retaining clip.

Otherwise, wait for a compelling reason, such as bandwidth requirements that can't be supported with the current cable specification.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Cables properly installed do no degenerate or wear out in any time soon. They are good for at least 20 years if of good quality to begin with.

I agree with the above that you would need a compelling reason to upgrade. CAT5e (common for years) is adequate in many (not all) circumstances.
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Don JohnstonInstructorCommented:
When they fail or break.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
I agree with everyone else.  All the main CAT5e cables here in my office have been here for 8 years so far without any problems.  Some were in use at my previous locations for years before that.
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BakakaAuthor Commented:
ok so i guess ill just have to leave it right? i was thinking of stripping it and run a whole new cat5e cable again. the current cable have been there for more than 10 years and they are still seemed functional.
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asavenerCommented:
Yes, I'd just leave it unless you start encountering connectivity problems.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Is there a reason that made you ask this question?  Just wondering if we are missing something.
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BakakaAuthor Commented:
well, i just thought i asked what others says about procedures such as this whether there is a need to replace cables which are been running for more than 10 years. Otherwise ill reward asavener for full point.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Otherwise ill reward asavener for full point.  <-- I think more than one of us have given you good input on this.
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BakakaAuthor Commented:
ok agree then if there is no procedures in place to do these kinds of work....thanks to you all for the input.
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