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Hello everyone, We're getting ready to make some changes to our datacenters, and need to purchase about 1000 cat 6 cables in various lengths and colors. We have a regular vendor for this (Fiberdyne), but unfortunately, they can't get us the cables by this weekend. If you have a vendor you've been satisfied with, I'd love to hear about them--I'll be lighting up the phone lines this afternoon and evening. Thank you! John -- John Miller Systems Engineer Brandeis University 781-736-4619 johnmill@brandeis.edu ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

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Anixter Graybar (We like Fiberdyne too) Pete M.
Monoprice.  We've standardized on them and haven't had any issues.

Nathan

Thank you, guys. I'll be talking will all of these folks. I've used Monoprice personally, but never in big quantities for production systems. I'm also looking at GovConnections--we have an account with them. John On 08/06/2012 03:04 PM, Hay, Nathan P wrote: > Monoprice. We've standardized on them and haven't had any issues. > > Nathan > >
I normally always recommend Monoprice for cheap, quality cables with good, quick service.  We have ordered thousands of Monoprice cables for our buildings, and we are overall very happy. There is about a 1% chance of a cable not working, but since these cables are so cheap we don't mind.
 
However, we recently ordered 5 x 50 ft CAT 6a cables for our data center and tested them with our Fluke.  All 5 of these cables failed the near-end crosstalk test.  Needless to say, we are not going to put these in our data center, especially if we want to run storage over them.
 
For the CAT 6a in the datacenter, we are looking at getting Commscope SYSTIMAX GigaSPEED X10D cables.  They cost about 3 times more than Monoprice, but in the data center we think it is worth it.
 
Cheers!
 
Tristan
 
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Tristan Rhodes
Network Engineer
Weber State University
(801) 626-8549


>>> On 8/6/2012 at 1:04 PM, in message <CAOR2pGk3mZaFyR_BBZuhwS9=34=VcmQqLiMXodTbaVqtaxdVYg@mail.gmail.com>, "Hay, Nathan P" <nphay@CEDARVILLE.EDU> wrote:
Monoprice. We've standardized on them and haven't had any issues.

Nathan

Thanks, Tristan. Looks like both Graybar and Anixter stock these guys, but we'll stick to the standard cat 6 cables (GigaSPEED XL) since we're not going with 10 Gig in the near future. The quotes are starting to filter in! John On 08/06/2012 04:00 PM, Tristan Rhodes wrote: > I normally always recommend Monoprice for cheap, quality cables with > good, quick service. We have ordered thousands of Monoprice cables for > our buildings, and we are overall very happy. There is about a 1% chance > of a cable not working, but since these cables are so cheap we don't mind. > However, we recently ordered 5 x 50 ft CAT 6a cables for our data center > and tested them with our Fluke. All 5 of these cables failed the > near-end crosstalk test. Needless to say, we are not going to put these > in our data center, especially if we want to run storage over them. > For the CAT 6a in the datacenter, we are looking at getting Commscope > SYSTIMAX GigaSPEED X10D cables. They cost about 3 times more > than Monoprice, but in the data center we think it is worth it. > Cheers! > Tristan > -- > Tristan Rhodes > Network Engineer > Weber State University > (801) 626-8549 > > > >>> On 8/6/2012 at 1:04 PM, in message > , > "Hay, Nathan P" wrote: > Monoprice. We've standardized on them and haven't had any issues. > > Nathan > >
Thanks to everyone who helped out with this. Turns out that Anixter is just up the road from us, and could deliver the same brand of cable we currently use and in the lengths we wanted with a 2-day turnaround. Yes, the cables are 3-4x the price of Monoprice, but a few hundred dollars extra is totally worth it. The last thing I want to do is tell the university brass that our servers crashed due to ethernet cables. We did go with Monoprice, however, for power cables. They have a bunch of different lengths and gauges in stock, and assuming there are no internal breaks in the cables themselves, power is less sensitive to imperfections. John Miller Systems Engineer Brandeis University On 08/06/2012 04:00 PM, Tristan Rhodes wrote: > I normally always recommend Monoprice for cheap, quality cables with > good, quick service. We have ordered thousands of Monoprice cables for > our buildings, and we are overall very happy. There is about a 1% chance > of a cable not working, but since these cables are so cheap we don't mind. > However, we recently ordered 5 x 50 ft CAT 6a cables for our data center > and tested them with our Fluke. All 5 of these cables failed the > near-end crosstalk test. Needless to say, we are not going to put these > in our data center, especially if we want to run storage over them. > For the CAT 6a in the datacenter, we are looking at getting Commscope > SYSTIMAX GigaSPEED X10D cables. They cost about 3 times more > than Monoprice, but in the data center we think it is worth it. > Cheers! > Tristan > -- > Tristan Rhodes > Network Engineer > Weber State University > (801) 626-8549 > ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.
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