Letter: Use factory-terminated patch cables “Multimedia Wiring” by Brian Walo was a good article, but the idea of making patch cables on site seems crazy to me. You can purchase factory-terminated and -tested cables for very little from CSC, Anixter, and Graybar, among others. You can get them in just about any color you want, and they will make custom-length cable for only a little more money. We actually prohibit site-made patch cables at work; there are just too many times that problems have resulted from them. If you do terminate your own patch cables on site, I suggest that you test them with a decent cable tester, not just with a continuity tester. —Kevin Rose, Albuquerque, New Mexico
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