Minimum distance required between CAT5e terminations

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Can you tell me if there is a minimum distance required between CAT5e terminations? I am told that the standards require at least 15m (50ft) between terminations, such as between a main cross-connect panel and a consolidation point patch block. Also, that if the actual distance is less, enough slack should be left in the cable run to make up 15m/50ft. Is this true?

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No I disagree, You can technically make it as short as needed, although if you are using them on a patch panel or switch you would like to leave all of them long enough to reach corner to corner diagonally in case of issues with other cables. There is not a length that is too short unless it wont reach what you need it to ; )

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I’m fairly certain that 18 inches is supposed to be the minimum and you should not have any cat5e in excess of 250-300 feet.

Hope this helps!

-Schmidtw

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There are certain instances where the 15m minimum is required. But if you are not using consolidation points that is not a requirement for CAT5e. If you are using consolidation points, you can leave a service loop (slack) in the cable.
— Carrie Higbie, SearchNetworking.com infrastructure and project management expert

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  • NetworkingATE
    The challenge is to make sure that there is not interference due to things like near end crosstalk (NEXT). So, it is important that the pair twists are maintained. A short cable run would not permit this. What is the shortest patch cable you can find on the market? I would go no shorter than that.
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  • Cable
    i Have a server in the main office and a desktop pc in an another location the location is about 400 to 450 meters in the desktop i want connect to the server is it neccesary to add a switch in between the cable as per the spectification cat5 is consider the distance should be only 160mtrs is it true pls help
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  • Dee101
    I've run them as short as 1', though I read from a lot of manufacturers that the minimum is 1 meter. The biggest potential issue in short ones is the bend ratio, A caution, I've done this with Cat5e, which has better crosstalk reduction than Cat5.
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