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Old 04-27-2014, 12:42 PM   #1
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The casing around my Ethernet cable is completely destroyed, as I read more into it there are shielded cords and non-shielding cords. What I have is a very light plastic casing around my cord, not a high-quality casing at all. I'm wondering if it would be better then to buy a shielded brand new cable because that would consist of more protection around the individual cords, a shielded patch cable, or to look for a particular product that you suggest? I've also seen the casings for the cables that you would place on the ground, but I'm not entirely sure that would work with how often I move the cable from my xbox to my laptop and back again. Let me know what you guys think, and I'll look into it, thanks guys.
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Get a $10 switch, and a couple of patch cables and then you won't have to switch the cable back and forth. ;)
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Shielded cable won't address your issue. You should be more concerned about wearing out the Ethernet ports in your devices you keep swapping between. Those pins can experience metal fatigue and break. Then you are really hosed. Putting in a switch is a great idea if you already have a router.
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Shielding in cables is designed to prevent the EM fields generated by the electrical signals from interfering with the signals in adjacent wires or cables. They're only useful in electrically noisy environments or were the signal standard requires the absolute minimum crosstalk (such as 10GbE copper connections).

In other words, virtually never necessary for home users.
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