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Why Not make your own "free" Ethernet patch cables???? (Because it is dumb?)Indirect Costs
Quality 8-wire network quality tester $130.00
Quality crimping tool $20.00
Wire stripping tool $12.00
Electricians Scissors $15.00
OK. Let's look at "direct" costs.
2 RJ 45 plugs @ .25 each $.50
Scrap Cat 5e Solid wire Free
Total Direct costs $.50
Labor to assemble and verify completed Cat 5e at 100 Mb, $25,000/year low-end employee
Hourly wages (6 minutes per cable) $1.20
Typical burden labor multiplier for payroll, management, benefits is 2.5 x base salary
Burden on $1.20 wages $1.60
Total Cost of 1 patch cable
Labor cost for a "free" patch cable $2.80
Cost of 2 Solid-wire RJ 45 connectors .50
Indirect cost for tools and test equip .50
Estimated total cost $3.70
CONTRAST THIS WITH THE COST OF FACTORY-CERTIFIED CAT 5E, VERIFIED AT 350 Mb.
1 Ft Patch cable (1) $1.12 2-19 $1.07 20-199 $0.86
6 Ft Patch Cable (1) $1.35 2-9 $1.20 10-24 $1.14 25-99 $1.09 >100 $0.99
10 Ft Patch Cable (1) $1.99 2-9 $1.89 10-24 $1.59 25-99 $1.55 100-199 $149 >200 $1.45
(These prices were taken from the first hit on the web - and were NOT shopped for the lowest prices)
This does not even ATTEMPT to place a value on:
THE NON-QUANTIFIABLE COSTS ARE THE REAL TIP-OF-THE-ICEBERG:
"Free" scrap Cat 5e is SOLID WIRE - designed for type 110 punch blocks.
You CAN purchase special solid wire RJ 45 Connectors - but these have a
pair of copper "fangs" that penetrate the solid wire insulation - but it
CANNOT PENETRATE THE WIRE. Normal day-to-day manipulation of Solid RJ 45
Connectors result in the wire turning inside the connector - ultimately
resulting in weak mechanical connections and "flaky" network performance
(does not always "fail" just slows data transfer rates down), due to the
design of TCP which will continue trying to send/receive IP data
hundreds of times, if necessary, to get an acceptable signal across the
In addition, most factory-made Cat 5, Cat5e, and Cat-6 Patch cables are Verified to operate at the designed speeds (100 Mb for cat 5, 350 Mb for Cat-5e, and 500-750 Mb for Cat-6. These verifiers are extremely expensive, and typical "home-made" cable makers can not afford the equipment to do much more than a Direct Current (Ohmmeter) continuity test.
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