Looking for 6- to 10-foot CAT5 premade cables on-the-cheap

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Alex Ethridge

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A few months ago, I found some six-foot CAT5 cables with RJ45 terminals for 99 cents each. I ordered a bunch and have used them all up. I went back to the supplier; but, they are in the business of selling overstock and don't have any at present. I have done a cursory search but none of my usual suppliers have any at the sub-one-dollar price.

Anyone know where I can find some of these cheapies?
 
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If you are using that much why don't you buy a roll of cable and make your own to any length you like, this is what I do and then you don't have to hide yards of unnecessary cable. It works out pretty cheap as well.
 

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Thanks, I ordered thirty and with shipping they're still under a dollar.

bigbear,
The only time I make my own is when I let myself run out or when I need to go through walls and/or floors with an indeterminate lenght of cable. When you figure the cost of terminals and wire it takes to make a six-foot patch cable, it's an absolute total waste of time.

39 cents for 6 feet of wire
66 cents for two RJ45 terminals
1.06 total to make your own vs. 90 cents each for ready-made and delivered to my door

And don't forget to factor in how long you have to sit at a workbench to make thirty of those against the 3 minutes it took to place the order for the ready-made cables.
 
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