Nope. I would not recommend Flat Cables. Without twists your susceptible to EMI interference, and packet collisions. No self respecting cable guy should ever use these as a long term solution.
It's very hard, but not impossible, for flat cables to pass category ratings. In my previous integrator life, there was a special Cat 5e flat cable that was used in nurse call systems. Don't ask me why it needed to be flat...but that's what the manufacturer specified.
I use some flat cables around my house because it's easier to hide under carpet, but it is a pain to work with sometimes, since taking corners is a hassle.
I do use some flat cable sometimes when I need to close a door on it for temporary testing. But closing a steel door on any cable flat or not leads to it wearing out.
In commercial systems I don't really see much point to it unless you have to hide it somewhere.
flat cables are always specified in nurse call systems so if at any time it ends up on a floor, a wheel chair is easily able to roll over it.
A few years ago we wanted to install Axis IP cameras in elevators. Due to not performing an elevator upgrade and installingnew traveling cable we could not use CAt5 or Cat6. Code would not let us install a cat 5 or Cat 6 cable in the shaft. So we went with a wireless system.
A couple of years later we were doing an elevator upgrade in another building. All equipment was gonig to be replaced. To include the traveling cable. Again we were told tyhat per code we could not use Cat 5 or Cat 6 in the travel cable. So we went with a fiber solution.
In-store Wal-mart flat Ethernet cable. Says CAT6, no a, no e. This Wal-mart 'spec sheet' goes beyond the usual non-informative consumer oriented mush, edging into pure incoherence with its three apparently conflicting data points:
- CAT6 network cable with 1Gbps transfer rate
- Compatible with 10Gbps equipment
- Up to 10Gbps transfer rate
bucks 7 ft 4 bucks = 28AWG
Wouldn't have normally got it but they were sold out of CAT7...