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I was ordering some CAT5E and CAT6 cable for a different project today and came across these cheap prices at Parts Express... This is name brand Belkin cable (not that the "name brand" part means much)... and the prices are cheaper than even the "sale" prices at my other favorite cheap cable house... PC Micro Store...

Example:

http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=109-521

50 foot snagless black CAT5E cable for $4.88 each from Parts Express

http://www.pcmicrostore.com/PCMS-50-FT-RJ45-CAT-5E-MOLDED-NETWORK-CABLE--BLACK/cat-p/c/p10502378.html/pl_1

50 foot snagless black CAT5E cable from PC Micro Store for $10 each

Now, PC Micro Store usually will run 30-40% off, so that cable can typically be had for $6-7, but that's not $4.88!

Enjoy

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Seems like the first company that can begin to compete with Monoprice.

http://www.monoprice.com/products/subdepartment.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10208 (lots of color choices and qty discount)

Shipping sounds pretty similar from my experience.

I think that's where I got my 100' cables a few years ago. They were $5-$6 then. And shipping was cheap. The cables are all still working just fine.

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Wow, some how I had never heard of that Monoprice place... The thing is, these Belkin cables from Parts Express will not be an ongoing cheap price, I think they will run out eventually... the fact that Monoprice has those prices EVERY day is nuts!

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If you care to just find a telephone person who does instalation and ask him for some CAT-5 cable, most of the time he will also have the ends to put on it. We give away cable all the time for people to wire there house or office and I am sure once you tell them what it's for they will help.

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If you care to just find a telephone person who does instalation and ask him for some CAT-5 cable, most of the time he will also have the ends to put on it. We give away cable all the time for people to wire there house or office and I am sure once you tell them what it's for they will help.

Be sure you get stranded and not solid wire, though. While both will work just fine for LOR, the solid stuff will fail sooner than stranded after repeated temporary use. Of course, if it's free... ;)

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Wow, some how I had never heard of that Monoprice place...

Oh, man! Monoprice is great. We've ordered thousands of feet of CAT5 and CAT6. I spent a half hour searching for random things for around my house. They have a pretty good price on extension cords (especially 1-3' ones for LOR Controllers). I even found a USB Wireless N device for $20 that I'm ordering on my next round from them.

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Hay I gotta shout out and say thanks for this thread. After purchasing 5 cards last summer, 5 cards during the secret sale, and just ordering 4 more cards on July 7th; I'm thrilled to see that I'll be able to order the 1' cords to connect these. Also, I'll be able to order the 50' cords to connect different stations around the yard. I'll now be saving sooo much money on extension cords now that I'm moving the controllers to the outside.

>>>>edit<<<< So I just placed and order through monoprice.com:

20ea 1' CAT 6 cords =$8

1ea 50' CAT 6 cord =$6.46

1ea 25' CAT 6 cord =$4.29

S/H = $7.63

Total = $26.11

I was just at WalMart yesterday and priced out one 7' CAT 6 cord at $10.00. :eek: I really needed 10 short cords and 2 longer cords(well over $160 retail). I was figuring it would run me about $100 to purchase the material to DIY the cables. Well, thanks to this post, I saved $125 off of retail! --- or --- 82% !!! A second thank-you is in-order!

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Hay I gotta shout out and say thanks for this thread. After purchasing 5 cards last summer, 5 cards during the secret sale, and just ordering 4 more cards on July 7th; I'm thrilled to see that I'll be able to order the 1' cords to connect these. Also, I'll be able to order the 50' cords to connect different stations around the yard. I'll now be saving sooo much money on extension cords now that I'm moving the controllers to the outside.

Unless your cards are in a custom container right next to each other, 1' won't be long enough. If they are in the LOR cases you'll need at least 2'.

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Unless your cards are in a custom container right next to each other, 1' won't be long enough. If they are in the LOR cases you'll need at least 2'.

Chuck, yes, I'm building custom boxes. 2 cards per box. The first 4 cards I ordered (2 showtime + 2 PC w/enclosure) already have the length of cable I need. And like everyone here, our display's have evolved. I've learned sooo much about set-up and tear-down from the this past winter and on my 4th of July display (assembled in less than 32 hours with 48 channels). I'm so glad I've seen the light (metaphorically speaking) in that I now can set up a relitvely large display and not spend hours just pluging in the whole thing. Also, that the extension cords are now only 16'-25' long :D

Probably will use +/- 217 LOR channels this year.

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Chuck, yes, I'm building custom boxes. 2 cards per box. The first 4 cards I ordered (2 showtime + 2 PC w/enclosure) already have the length of cable I need. And like everyone here, our display's have evolved. I've learned sooo much about set-up and tear-down from the this past winter and on my 4th of July display (assembled in less than 32 hours with 48 channels). I'm so glad I've seen the light (metaphorically speaking) in that I now can set up a relitvely large display and not spend hours just pluging in the whole thing. Also, that the extension cords are now only 16'-25' long :D

Probably will use +/- 217 LOR channels this year.

Yeah - I bought a TON of extension cords my first and second year. Now that I've optimized my controller placement I have a load of 50'-100' cords that I no longer need that I'll be unloading at the FL mini next year.

Most of my wiring is now short custom harnesses that are numbered for quick deployment.

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Mono is the best!!! The store not the illness. HDMI cables for $2-$4 a piece when a like cable from the box stores is $30-$50. Their quality is great and the product they put out is great. I never have problems with them. Call me crazy but I like knowing I can get a CAT5 cable in almost any color (and I mean any color: pink, purple, green, red, blue, yellow, etc) and in any size---Just turn to Mono.

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Here's something else to drop into your shopping cart the next time you order from Monoprice:

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=109&cp_id=10902&cs_id=1090201&p_id=5176&seq=1&format=2

This exact same kit sold under the "Monster Cable" brand name is $19.99 at Best Buy!

Here are 2 other sources for networking products:

www.deepsurplus.com

www.pimfg.com

I've ordered from all 3 of these places with good results.

TED

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Thanks to folks here when I first was getting into LOR, I learned about MonoPrice a little while back, not even a year yet and I've already ordered a ton of CAT5e cables from them in assorted lengths from 10' to 75', especially since I was unsure (still am at the moment) where my controllers will be residing within the display elements. So wanted enough Cat5e to handle any situation I might encounter and the prices were fantastic. Of course all mine are black so they don't stand out. ;)

Bu I didn't get any skittles in my boxes either. Must be a new thing..?

BTW: I would strongly suggest one of these in your arsenal of test kits: (Copied from ebay site:

Network Cable Tester RJ11 RJ12 RJ45 Cat5 CAT5E #9770

Item condition:New

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=160448900615

$1.00 for it and $1.99 for shipping. I have one on its way.

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This forum is great for saving money! A little time here and elsewhere on the net can save tons of cash if your don't have to have it NOW. I compared around and ordered from Monoprice:

7- 50' gray snagless

3- 1' blue snagless

2- 30' gray snagless

2- 3' gray snagless

1- 10' gray snagless

1- 25' gray snagless

Total: $52.07 shipped to my door UPS ground

I was at Home Depot yesterday pricing cable (cheapest I have found around). A 50' gray was $21.00 and change each. Even if I had gone the DIY route and bought the crimper, wire, and plugs I was looking at well over $100.00. (crimper was around 30 of that)

I can wait a week and save a little money and time over building my own.

Chris

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I would recommend that you check with your local electrical supply house, most computer cables have 300-800% markup. I used to run a computer repair shop with a storefront and we loved selling cables. You can also check on bulk pricing for outlets, boxes and wire. There is a reason that electricians don't shop at HD or Lowes for most stuff. Here in the Northwest, I reccomend Graybar, Platt and North Coast Electric, most places will have one stashed in an industrial complex in your town.

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