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  1. Default Easy/dumb question: CMX/CAT 5 Cable 
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    I need to make an ethernet cable to run to a computer 50-100 feet away from a router. We have CMX cable, which looks identical to CAT 5. Same shield, same number of wires, etc. Anyone know if it will work? If there's a definite "No". I won't waste the cable trying it, but if we can save some money, I'd rather use what we have. We're a non-profit House, so pinching pennies wherever we can is a plus.

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    CMX cable is ethernet cable. I've seen it in both cat5e and cat6 varieties, so as long as you plumb it correctly at the ends, you should be fine.
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    Thank you! This is older stuff, so I'm pretty certain it isn't cat 6(cat 6 was super expensive when this stuff was bought, so I really doubt that we payed out for the better stuff). If you know of a place that sells ethernet connectors cheaper than Radioshack, let me know, as that's the only place that sells them around me..

    Again, Thank you very very much!
     

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    Check Lowes/Home Depot. They usually have a section of stuff for home networking which includes the RJ45 ends, coax adapters, wall plates, all sorts of goodies.
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    Being a computer tech i have found that u can get the RJ45 connecters online at http://cables.cablesunlimited.com/cables
     

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    The CMX cable should work fine, as long as the wires are the same size if not bigger than the CAT5 cable, IF they are smaller you can have problems with the data being sent over the long distance, it can get scrambled. Also make sure the material of the cable match up, copper, fiber optics, etc. All wires are basically the same what makes them different are the sizes and where they are plugged in. Hope this helps.

    -Frank Balzer
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