How much of a difference is there between dirt cheap generic cables found online and the bigger, better-known brands claiming increased performance and/or labor savings?
We bought and tested Cat 6 CMR cable from nine manufacturers commonly used in video surveillance networks, including:
Windy City Wire
To find out which performed best we pulled multiple runs of each and tested them to standards with Fluke's DSX2-8000 cable certifier, comparing certification results and looking physical features, pricing comparison, and more.
In this shootout we answer the following:
Who ranked best, average, and worst?
Did the cables pass certification tests?
Where did they fail, if at all?
How does solid copper compare to copper-clad aluminum?
How easy was the cable to pull from the box?
How flexible was the jacket?
How easy to strip was the jacket?
Did twisting/bending deform the cable?
How did cable box features and usability vary?
Are all of the cables UL/ETL or other test lab listed?
Where is each cable made? (China vs Mexico vs USA)