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Yesterday I went to the local office supply store looking for some ethernet cables to replace a few that I have that are getting bad, The little clip on the RJ45s have broken off quite a few of mine from normal use. Well I was looking for a length of 14 feet and I could not believe the kind of money they want for a few feet of cord. Their USB prices are also crazy. the lowest price I found in town was $15 for 14 feet of Cat 6. I know this is insane and refuse to buy them at those prices. I did some research online and I found a couple of places with relatively cheap prices. monoprice.com and cable supply.com. I remember from one of the podcast that Tim and the Mikes mentioned a place to get cable supplies. I was just wondering who are some good online retailers that you guys have used.

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I've always ordered mine from pcmicrostore.com. They've got cheap prices and cheap (if not free) shipping to military APO boxes.

They get my money.

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The prices at a b&m stores usually will make your wallet cry. I only use them in a pinch. I avoid that pinch by buying from places like you mentioned already; Monoprice or Meritline and even PCMicrostore. I get their newsletters on my junk account and about once a week there is a cheap 14' or 7' cable for $.99 or $1.99 shipped. I stock up on them so I can either use them or give them away (impromptu lan party anyone?). I have never had a problem with a "cheap" network cable either.

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Monoprice for me. Although for network cables, I bought a 200' spool of cat5e and I just crimp them myself now.

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Monoprice has great deals. They have really good deals on usb cables for your cell phone as well (handy to charge your phone at work!). Meritline took a little longer then I prefer to ship products to me for my taste.

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Meritline took a little longer then I prefer to ship products to me for my taste.

 

Oh yeah, good call. Don't expect anything from Meritline to come quickly. Straight from China. 2-3 weeks. Doesn't usually bother me because I know it isn't coming soon but the stuff is just so cheap you learn to live with it.

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Monoprice for me. Although for network cables, I bought a 200' spool of cat5e and I just crimp them myself now.

 

I agree...before I finished off my basement I bought a spool of Cat 5e (wish it had been Cat 6e) and ran 2 lines to every room in the house. This has been a perfect solution for me.

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I'm with usacomp and jeditim on this one. Buy a spool and make you own cables. Cheaper in the long run plus you get the added benefit of making the cable the exact length you need.

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I had a rabbit chew on the wire running between my ISP wireless radio and the grounding lug where the wire enters the house. By having the tools, I cut off the rabbit damage and had my connection restored in about 5 minutes. No waiting for hours for someone to come out on a Saturday and fix it for me.

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