I used this cable to install a gigabit backbone in my house. It was my first time doing this and was able so far to get 8 lines working between my cable modem, router, switch and multiple computers, and Ethernet connected devices.
This cable was disappointing. Had cut out 100 feet and attached the heads and tested. had issues with the green wires, kept on breaking off when trying to untwist the wires to attache the plug heads. when we finally got it on, tested the line and everything was good. then fished the line into the walls and plugged it in. could not get the connections to work. so we retested and discovered that somewhere in the line broke. so the whole line is useless and now we have to undo the line from the wall. spent a lot of wasted time. It seems that the line is too rigid and inflexible. Be careful of too much cable bending.
PROS: when working, works great.
CONS: too hard to install the connector heads, line keeps breaking. And too rigid and easy to break line internally for long runs.
PROS: Bought this cable to network my new house. Great quality cable and Great price. I've shopped around a lot and you can't beat Monoprice's price.
CONS: I read that to be called shielded each pair of wires should be wrapped in foil (not sure if this is true or not). These cables each of the paired wires are not wrapped in foil but they are wrapped as a whole. Not sure if this will really make a difference. The cables are pretty thick compared to cat5e and because of that it doesn't pull out of the box very smooth, it's really no big deal to me. I know my cons it much bigger than my pros but seriously I'd buy these again. Cons to me was not really a big issue.
PROS: Reliable cable. Shielded to reduce interference.
CONS: Does not pull smoothly from box. Monoprice has not fitting for this cable so it needs to be punched down. You can use regular Cat5 fitting but cable has to be prepped just right in order for it to work due to the gage of this wire.
I bought this for a Cat6 home wiring project. Since this Cat6 was going to cross many power cables in the attic and walls, the shielded, solid made the most sense. So far, everything is working out well.
It's a great product, and I'm very happy with the wire, but the box doesn't feed like you think it should. Do not attempt to set the box on the ground, with the wire feeding out horizontally, it will KINK inside the box, and that isn't good at all for CAT6 cable. The box actually says to feed upright, so it's my fault more than anything. The cable is pretty heavy, so the box itself doesn't stand up to a lot of handling (i'm wiring my house over several months, so that's a LOT of handling). I've had to open the box a few times to untangle the wire feed (my own fault for attempting HORIZONTAL feeding), and that didn't help matters. Final thoughts? Price for quality, I'm buying another 2,000 feet of it today.
The cable seems to be good quality, and it fits the cat6 tool-less keystone jacks well. I'm not a fan of the popular falsely labelled STP products, however. STP should indicate that each set of twisted pairs is individually shielded. This cable, like many others labelled STP, is simply foiled around all of the wire (should be labelled FTP, or F/UTP). But, I knew this when I bought it. For the price this is great cable (solid copper, not the crappy copper coated aluminum!).
A word of caution: Be very careful purchasing what seems to be better quality cable from less reputable online sites (ebay sellers included). I purchased 1000ft of supposed 23 AWG wire from another site, and its NOT 23 gage wire. The diameter of the wire measures out to somewhere around 25 or 26 gage (it's even labelled 23 AWG on the box). As a result, it didn't fit the keystone jacks properly and I had to REWIRE an entire section of my house (even after getting proper contact with the keystone jacks, the cable run was apparently too long for the cable).