Why is Cat 5 Cable 305 Meters Long


Postby collectors » Sat Oct 27, 2018 6:56 am

Hi, just a curiosity question. Why is why is cat5 cable 305 meters long per box. Seems an unusual length to sell it at. I see it equates to 333 yards or 1000 feet, but not sure for what reason its sold at 305 meters. & net just 300 meters.
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Postby Mr White » Sat Oct 27, 2018 9:56 pm

You have inadvertently answered your own question. 305 metres is 1000 feet. Before everyone "went metric" cable was sold in feet and 1000 feet is a round number.
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Postby collectors » Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:22 am

I wasn't sure if there was any technical reason as its an unusual length for cabling & CAT 5 came out a long time after metric cable measurements came in. So wasn't sure way not just 300 meters.
Could be the manufacture selling an extra few cheeky meters. :)
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Postby Mr White » Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:07 pm

Yes, the metric system was around before cat5 cable, but cable was still sold by most manufacturers in "old money"
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