I installed cat5e cabling before moving into my current home and now have a 14 port ethernet home network which works very well with the various computers and media streaming devices in the home. As part of some planned building works (involving knocking through a kitchen and dining room and much more), I'll taking the opportunity to make use of the 10 unused ports on my 24 port patch panel and install a further 10 cat5e cables. I have plenty of cable left on the reel of cat5e that I first used back in 2010 to install the original network, but my question is: should I buy a new reel of cable rather than using the old one that's been sitting (boxed) in my garage for around 6 years?
Also, any recommendations on easy-to-work-with RJ45 modules? I used these ones before and they're reasonably easy to work with but 2 have failed so I'm wondering if quality/reliability is an issue.