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Is it OK to tie an Ethernet cable in a loop?

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I have a 30 ft cable that's a tiny bit too long, so I tied the last 2-3 feet in a loop using twist ties. Is this potentially problematic for performance, or is it OK?
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It's fine... it comes looped when they purchase the rolls to make the cables anyhow smile.gif
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Only if the loop is horizontal. If it's vertical the electricity can't run downhill, and your left with a useless cable.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Shimme View Post

Only if the loop is horizontal. If it's vertical the electricity can't run downhill, and your left with a useless cable.
Wait, what? I'm too tired to be able tell whether you're joking or not.
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Originally Posted by ghostrider85 View Post

this, or use a pump.
Nevermind. redface.gif
Edited by HesterDW - 8/6/13 at 11:40pm
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Only if the loop is horizontal. If it's vertical the electricity can't run downhill, and your left with a useless cable.

this, or use a pump.
post #6 of 8
It's fine.
In fact, if you ever look at an enterprise or professional installation, they will leave a 'service loop' at each end for a bit of additional length on the cable that gets coiled up.
post #7 of 8
Hell its not horrible to crush them a little inbetween a door and doorway. Mine has been going through at the top of my wall for years and I have not a single issue. If you need to you CAN get flat Cat5/6 cable.
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It should be fine, there's nothing to worry about other than cross cable communication. If your cable isn't shielded then it can hinder performance. I mean if you think about it logically that loop of non-shielded wire is like one big energy field for data to jump around. So it probably does hinder your performance a little, tho that performance loss is so negligible that its something a human couldn't detect without a super sensitive machine saying say. If its Cat 6 than there's absolutely nothing to worry about. Tho I personally am anal about looping cables, I have to coil them so they don't kink. You don't want a kink in your line, that can restrict flow and hinder performance too.
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