Data Cables

Ethernet Patch Cords: US-made from Belden cable stock

CAT5e terminations, showing 1583A/Panduit (top) and 1592A/Platinum (bottom)
CAT5e terminations, showing the 1583A/Panduit (top) and 1592A/Platinum (bottom) configurations.

We offer two types of Cat5/5e Ethernet patch cords, both made with US-manufactured cable from Belden and assembled by American workers in our Seattle shop. Our standard patchcord is made using Belden 1583A cable (conventional solid-conductor CAT5e cable) and Panduit RJ-45 plugs. Alternatively, if you like a patchcord which is a bit more flexible, we also offer the Belden 1592A stranded CAT5e cable, terminated with Platinum Technologies RJ-45 plugs. The 1583A/Panduit cables are a bit better in electrical performance terms, both because of the solid conductor and because the Panduit RJ-45 is a somewhat better connector (the Platinum Technologies connector is used on the high-flex cable because stranded cable is more difficult to terminate; the individual conductors actually pass through the connector and are snipped off externally, at some cost in return loss). In exchange for this slightly lower (but still CAT5e compliant) electrical performance, however, the 1592A/Platinum cables are highly flexible and will withstand more flex cycles without failing, so are very well suited for applications where the cable will be frequently handled or moved (e.g., a cable from a wall jack to a laptop computer). The 1583A cables use no strain relief boot, as the Panduit RJ-45 uses a snag-resistant tab; the 1592A cable use a strain relief to protect the locking tab from being snagged. We also offer 1583A cable for self-installation in a Belden "Unreel" box (from which cable can be pulled with no need for a spindle) of 1000 feet length; if you're doing in-wall installation and need jacks, see our Wallplates department where keystone-style wallplates and RJ-45 inserts are available.

USB Cables: 2.0 and 3.0

We have USB cables in 2.0 and 3.0 versions, as listed below. All cables are terminated in the standard configuration with one type A and one type B connector, the difference between the 2.0 and 3.0 being in the connector style (3.0 has more conductors in the cable, hence more contacts in the connector and, in the case of the type B, a larger connector envelope). Compatibility Notes: USB 2.0 plugs will fit in 3.0 jacks, and USB 3.0 "type A" plugs will fit into USB 2.0 "type A" jacks, but a USB 3.0 "type B" plug will NOT fit into a USB 2.0 "type B" jack. A USB 3.0 cable will work either to interconnect USB 3.0 devices or to connect a 3.0 device (with B jack) to a device with a 2.0 type A jack; if it's used to do the latter, however, it will work no better than a 2.0 cable would. For a comparison of the type B connectors, see the third photo below:

USB 2.0 cableUSB 3.0 cableUSB 3.0 and 2.0 "B" connectors

Ethernet Patch Cords--standard 1583A
T568B pinout
Length in metres Colour Price

Ethernet Patch Cords--high-flex 1592A
Jacket color: Blue; T568B pinout
Length in metres Price
Out of stock

USB 2.0 Cables
Black jacket, type A to type B connectors
Length   Price Length   Price
3 foot
10 foot
6 foot
15 foot

USB 3.0 Cables
Blue jacket, type A to type B connectors
Length   Price Length   Price
3 foot
6 foot

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