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Re: tool-less vs. punch-down CAT jacks + cables
Tool-less is harder to visually see if the wire is properly seated when you close it.
You can get a cheap punch down for like a buck on ebay (may as well buy a punch down + crimp for 5$).
Because of that, it's actually faster (less troubleshooting) with punchdown.
Cat5e jacks will degrade a Cat6 cable (Probably won't be noticed at 1gbps), but since you can use Cat6 jacks with cat5e cables, may as well go for cat6 jacks, they don't cost more (unless you buy from a scumbag store).
Patch cables are braided internally. They can't be very long. Inside the walls, or long runs, you use solid strand network cables.