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A question about UTP cable

Discussion in 'Networks' started by Jveitch, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. Jveitch

    Jveitch New Member

    I realise this question is actually quite simple, but please bear with me.

    Is UTP cable supposed to be twisted the whole way through the outer coating, or just at the end?

    The reason I ask is because I bought some cat 5e to practice making new cables, but I was surprised to find that there were no twists whatsoever.

    I'd be grateful if anyone could shed some light

    Thanks :biggrin
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  2. wagnerk
    Highly Decorated Member Award

    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

    It should come like it:


    However on the odd occasion, I found that some of the pairs aren't - I believe that this is an error that occured during the manufacturing. After all UTP stands for Unshielded Twisted Pair.
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  3. warrmr

    warrmr Byte Poster

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