Saturday January 14, 2017

Faux Cat 6 Cable Sold On Amazon "Could Start A Fire"

This writer warns that we should be more vigilant when it comes to purchasing Ethernet cables, as some could supposedly burn the house down. From what I can tell, the main problem is that cables with copper-coated or copper-mixed aluminum conductors are being sold, which is a no-no because they could heat up under load.

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Amazon’s enormous sales site is marketing Cat 5 and Cat 6 Ethernet cable with aluminum conductors, as well as "plenum-rated" cable that bears no UL markings and is likely fraudulent. This comes after a run of apparently bogus Apple chargers and cables. آ…Whilst perusing the listings, I came across numerous enticing examples. Why enticing? Because their cost is perhaps half, even less, of products that do meet the specifications. It’s unlikely you’ll know the differenceآ—until the sprinklers start or the insurance claim needs to be made after the evacuation, fire, and related smoke and water damage.