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Offline jimbones

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Ethernet Cables
« on: December 26, 2017, 03:09:47 PM »
OK so Im not looking to start any arguments lets keep this civil. My question is simple, has anyone replaced a general purpose ethernet cable with one designed for "audio" use? If so what was your findings? I am currently using a 20ft ethernet cable as my NAS is about 15 ft from my Streamer.
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Re: Ethernet Cables
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2017, 05:55:26 PM »
Before you go to that stage, have you tried CAT6a SSTP style Ethernet cable?  That is the heavily shielded variety with pair shielding.  If you use the stranded version (patch style) very flexible for use.

https://www.amazon.com/Cable-Matters-Snagless-Shielded-Ethernet/dp/B00HEM4ZX0?th=1

Just a thought.

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Re: Ethernet Cables
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2017, 07:06:17 PM »
Not sure what type I have, but it is a decent Cat5E cable. I think the "super" cables are Cat7 or even Cat8.
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Re: Ethernet Cables
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2017, 07:11:24 PM »
Most of the CAT6a SSTP patch cables use PTFE insulation, a type of Teflon for high bandwidth.  With two shields and connector grounds, should be a great starting point beyond CAT5 cable. 

If you need 10Gig bandwidth, look at the newer designs. 

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Re: Ethernet Cables
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2017, 09:24:23 AM »
Most of the CAT6a SSTP patch cables use PTFE insulation, a type of Teflon for high bandwidth.  With two shields and connector grounds, should be a great starting point beyond CAT5 cable. 

If you need 10Gig bandwidth, look at the newer designs.

Just checked:I am using standard Cat5E.
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Re: Ethernet Cables
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2017, 11:55:48 PM »
I use a Monoprice Cat 6 Ethernet cable, 20' 24AWD for $7.28 shipping inc. Works for me.
https://www.monoprice.com/product?c_id=102&cp_id=10232&cs_id=1023201&p_id=5008&seq=1&format=2

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Re: Ethernet Cables
« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2017, 10:13:48 AM »
  Are RJ45, I2S and Ethernet all the same types ? For short lengths is shielding recommended ? Is the ground important as well ?



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Re: Ethernet Cables
« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2017, 10:43:17 AM »
I have used RJ45 connector/Ethernet cable with ground for I2S Bus connections.  Even short runs should be shielded for that application.

I always use the SSTP style CAT6a Ethernet patch cable since it is stranded.  Solid core is for plenum installs and not to be moved around alot.   Easy to break compared to the stranded.

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Re: Ethernet Cables
« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2017, 01:10:57 PM »
I have used RJ45 connector/Ethernet cable with ground for I2S Bus connections.  Even short runs should be shielded for that application.

I always use the SSTP style CAT6a Ethernet patch cable since it is stranded.  Solid core is for plenum installs and not to be moved around alot.   Easy to break compared to the stranded.

 Thanks Hal.


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Re: Ethernet Cables
« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2017, 01:20:38 PM »
I use a Monoprice Cat 6 Ethernet cable, 20' 24AWD for $7.28 shipping inc. Works for me.
https://www.monoprice.com/product?c_id=102&cp_id=10232&cs_id=1023201&p_id=5008&seq=1&format=2

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I should add that the 20' cable is only for my non-audio laptop. I use a much shorter 1' cable for my HAL MS-3.
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