Cat 7 Flat 10m Network Cable reduced from £21.99 to £8.99 @ Maplin
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Cat 7 Flat 10m Network Cable reduced from £21.99 to £8.99 @ Maplin

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Found 15th Apr 2016
Ordered one of these for a mate on Tuesday which arrived today. My local store didnt have any on the shelf so ordered one for me for home delivery which was free.

Cheapest 10m cable was £17.99 but was Cat 5 or 6... so this I felt was a no brainer. I vaguely recall (but could be mistaken) that the offer price is for a limited period but dont know when it ends - sorry.

****** THE BLURB *****
Network Cable Flat Cat 7 10m

• Flat patch lead 10m
• Thickness of 2mm AWG 27
• Low bending radius 5mm

This high-quality network cable is suitable for laying in rooms or in cramped spaces owing to its flat design. Whether under laminate, door panels or wall end-plate, it can be well hidden. This cable also fulfils demanding quality requirements. When used as a patch cable in a network it can be easily labelled. You can write directly on to the cable. The cable has a very low bending radius of 5 mm and is no thicker than 2mm.
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Still cheaper on eBay
Does a cat 7 rj45 plug fit even fit in a normal cat 5 port?
its maplin, even at this lrice its cold, plus i dont see any benefit of "cat 7" for normal everyday user over such a small run....
thecheekymonkey

its maplin, even at this lrice its cold, plus i dont see any benefit of … its maplin, even at this lrice its cold, plus i dont see any benefit of "cat 7" for normal everyday user over such a small run....


I presume its to make sure the complete cat 7 circuit from end device to end device complies with cat 7. Although unless you have a majorly large data centre running in your house then its not needed.
paulj48

Does a cat 7 rj45 plug fit even fit in a normal cat 5 port?


RJ45 is the plug type...so yes it will.
paulj48

Does a cat 7 rj45 plug fit even fit in a normal cat 5 port?

The "cat" number is more or less the quality / conductivity of the wires within. If you want to run at gigabit speeds, you'll need at least cat5e.
They all use RJ45 connectors so they can be interchanged, as per your requirements.
m5rcc

Still cheaper on eBay



Any suggestions on a good buyer..?
Looking for something like this
thanks
m5rcc

Still cheaper on eBay



​Maybe so but the cheapest I found was from China... so you'd quite likely have to pay for return postage.

The point of the post is.. if you are intending on buying a 10m ethernet cable from Maplin, then it makes more sense to buy this product over others that arent reduced.
Just bought a 10m one my self found screwfix a good price only cat 5 though screwfix.com/p/1…015 £5.20


Edited by: "chrisstamp" 15th Apr 2016
thecheekymonkey

its maplin, even at this lrice its cold, plus i dont see any benefit of … its maplin, even at this lrice its cold, plus i dont see any benefit of "cat 7" for normal everyday user over such a small run....



I think really the flat cable is the most important thing, but from a point of noise, the shielded twisted pairs is probably a lot more useful in a flat network cable where you have the pairs side by side rather than wrapped around each other in a standard network cable.

I can't find 10m of flat Cat 7 on ebay, much cheaper than this, especially since to save £1 you'd have to wait upwards of 20 days for it to arrive from HK.

mike
Highly doubt this is a CAT7 cable... each individual pair of cables has to be individually shielded as well as the whole cable. Each wire pair is twisted tighter than CAT5e so the likeleyhood that this cable is just another "higher number therefore better" branding is 101%.

Ref: en.wikipedia.org/wik…801
Is a Cat7 even needed in a typical home environment? (assuming you don't live inside a very electrically noisy enviroment) A semi decent Cat5e will give gigabit speeds over that same 10metre distance won't it?!
Edited by: "spannerzone" 15th Apr 2016
What's the point in this cable? It should have GG45 ends on to be true Cat7 which has an extra 2 twisted pairs to bring speeds of up to 50GB. There are only banks and companies with loads of money that buy these. I'd be surprised if this cable is any better than a CAT 6A cable.

Look up Nexans for true Cat 7 cables, ends and patch panels. Anyway, CAT 8.2 is available if you really must have speed.
spannerzone

Is a Cat7 even needed in a typical home environment? (assuming you don't … Is a Cat7 even needed in a typical home environment? (assuming you don't live inside a very electrically noisy enviroment) A semi decent Cat5e will give gigabit speeds over that same 10metre distance won't it?!



Actually it's upto 130m on CAT5e and 100m on CAT6A. Obviously the longer it is, the slower the connection.

Edited by: "Sharpe" 15th Apr 2016
spannerzone

Is a Cat7 even needed in a typical home environment? (assuming you don't … Is a Cat7 even needed in a typical home environment? (assuming you don't live inside a very electrically noisy enviroment) A semi decent Cat5e will give gigabit speeds over that same 10metre distance won't it?!


Sharpe

Actually it's upto 130m on CAT5e and 100m on CAT6A. Obviously the longer … Actually it's upto 130m on CAT5e and 100m on CAT6A. Obviously the longer it is, the slower the connection.


Yeah I thought 100M was the max length for Cat5 so one wonders why you'd really need Cat6 let alone Cat7 on a 10m patch lead!
AColwill

Highly doubt this is a CAT7 cable... each individual pair of cables has … Highly doubt this is a CAT7 cable... each individual pair of cables has to be individually shielded as well as the whole cable. Each wire pair is twisted tighter than CAT5e so the likeleyhood that this cable is just another "higher number therefore better" branding is 101%.Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO/IEC_11801#CAT7



Given the thickness of the cable, 2mm, it would be possible to manage Cat 7 if tightly packed and each twisted pair was completely independent.


spannerzone

Is a Cat7 even needed in a typical home environment? (assuming you don't … Is a Cat7 even needed in a typical home environment? (assuming you don't live inside a very electrically noisy enviroment) A semi decent Cat5e will give gigabit speeds over that same 10metre distance won't it?!



Not at the moment, probably, but as the price of SSDs drops, it's not going to be so unreasonable to expect network devices to be capable of transferring data at 10GB speeds, which although not necessarily guaranteed, should be possible with true Cat 7.

Of course at the moment we can't see why we need the speeds, but that was true when we were using BNC connectors, yet somehow it now seems impossible to imagine a world where we didn't need gigabit.

mike
mbuckhurst

Not at the moment, probably, but as the price of SSDs drops, it's not … Not at the moment, probably, but as the price of SSDs drops, it's not going to be so unreasonable to expect network devices to be capable of transferring data at 10GB speeds, which although not necessarily guaranteed, should be possible with true Cat 7.Of course at the moment we can't see why we need the speeds, but that was true when we were using BNC connectors, yet somehow it now seems impossible to imagine a world where we didn't need gigabit.mike


I can understand making wiring future proof when you're building it into a property but can't see the need for a 10metre Cat7 cable
Edited by: "spannerzone" 15th Apr 2016
spannerzone

I can understand making wiring future proof when you're building it into … I can understand making wiring future proof when you're building it into a property but can't see the need for a 10metre Cat7 cable



You might think that, but when you've spent ages testing your entire house wiring to discover the 1m patch cable you were using, was why you were getting 10 megabit not gigabit speeds, you'd understand :-)

The faster you go the more important that all the components in the house are up to scratch, in reality I bet the cables that are routed across the desk/over the floor, or in the patch panel are more susceptible to general RF interference, than those neatly run, when you lay fixed wiring you can make sure the cables are routed well away from mains cables, in their own conduit under the floor or in the walls, whereas that cable sticking out the back of the PC is going to running parallel to the power line, more than likely, or simply forgotten.

mike
mbuckhurst

You might think that, but when you've spent ages testing your entire … You might think that, but when you've spent ages testing your entire house wiring to discover the 1m patch cable you were using, was why you were getting 10 megabit not gigabit speeds, you'd understand :-) The faster you go the more important that all the components in the house are up to scratch, in reality I bet the cables that are routed across the desk/over the floor, or in the patch panel are more susceptible to general RF interference, than those neatly run, when you lay fixed wiring you can make sure the cables are routed well away from mains cables, in their own conduit under the floor or in the walls, whereas that cable sticking out the back of the PC is going to running parallel to the power line, more than likely, or simply forgotten.mike


Yes I guess so, I've not had any issues other the odd cable failing completely but I'll remember what you said
Thanks for posting OP and giving us the choice.
Unless all the internal wiring in the house is CAT 7, then a CAT 7 patch lead is totally pointless.

And I really doubt anyone has CAT 7 all over their house, so a waste of time and money

By all means CAT 6 your house (I have) which is good enough for 10GB ethernet, but don't waste your time with this.
sureshot

Thanks for posting OP and giving us the choice.



​I thought that was the point of the site. oO
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