Counterfeit cables is a $500 billion dollar worldwide problem. Companies are unethically selling brand name cables labeled as genuine products and without the appropriate metals and quality controls. So one may ask: how does this affect my cabling and network? The answer: counterfeit cables not provide slow networks, but come with safety risks, potentially costing you more money in the long term.
Companies are cheating corporations and homeowners of quality cabling and putting them at risk by not complying with adequate fire and current rates. Fake cable manufacturers are cuttings costs, making low-qua lity products, and labeling them with the name of a legitimate company.
Counterfeit Cables V Genuine Cabling
Fake cable manufactures are cutting costs in three main ways:
Using steel or aluminum instead of copper
Fake cable manufactures are substituting copper for cheap steel and aluminum, which causes high attenuation and poor signal. Over time, network speed will be affected.
Using re-ground plastic
RJ-45 connectors that fail quality tests at the factory can be re-ground back to pellets and added to the plastic used to make new connectors. This process causes lower combustion rating. A yellowing or foggy plastic is a major indicator if this low-quality plastic process was used in the making. Another thing fake manufactures have been known to do is replace nickel and gold parts on the metal with “gold flash” or “selective painting.” These materials corrode quickly.
Substituting jack materials
Manufacturers will substitute CMP and CMR flammability with inferior non-fireproof jack material.
How to Avoid Buying Non-legitimate Cables
- Buy cables from a legitimate manufacturer or liscensed reseller
- Compare cables to good products you have bought before
- Analyze the jacket’s quality and labeling
- Observe the box and the cables came in
- Always ask where the cable is coming from
- Get a warenty from the manufacturer.
Installing counterfeit cables comes with risks that will eventually cost your home or business more money in the long run. Additionally, contractors could even face imprisonment for installing cables that do not meet building regulation codes. Furthermore, fake cables will cause poor network performance and will damage active equipment. So, the next time you see a CATx cable label at a significantly low cost, do NOT trust it.
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