Ethernet cable length

I am in the process of connecting a number of devices in a small cabinet to act as a media center for a TV. There will be a laptop, several WD media players and an Insteon router (home automation). These will all be connected to a Router at the same location via cables.

I understand that short cables may be an issue with stacks etc. Does anyone know whether this is accurate and whether this may also be an issue with my setup.

My idea of short is say 30cm (12inches)  to 50cm.
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Zac HarrisSystems Administrator Commented:
As long as your cables are properly terminated and not under unnecessary strain, you should be fine. I've used cables both professionally made and ones I've made that were as short as 3-4 inches. They were fine.

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I agree. I use high quality, pre-made Ethernet cables for short runs for patch panels and interconnections and have never had any issue.
Don JohnstonInstructorCommented:
there is no minimum length for UTP cables.  There is for RG-50 & RG-58.
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