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Posted: 9/20/2009 10:49:12 AM EST
Hello,

I need extended ethernet cables. Does it matter if I use Cat5 or cat6 cables?

Thanks
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 10:50:26 AM EST
I think you could use Cat5, Cat5e or Cat6.
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 10:51:57 AM EST
IT guy here ... for home use it doesn't matter you aren't going to top out the bandwidth capacity ... go with what's cheaper/on sale.
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 10:53:21 AM EST
Cat6 is just harder on crosstalk and signal noise.

It's also rated for performance up to 250MHz whereas Cat5/5e is 100MHz.
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 10:53:29 AM EST
what speed network?
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 10:55:40 AM EST
What is the speed of your port on your computer and the speed on your switch/router port? If you have a 1000 Mbit ports and want the most speed you will need CAT 6, if you don't care or you only have 100Mbit ports then CAT 5 is fine.
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 10:56:17 AM EST

Originally Posted By eodtech2000:
What is the speed of your port on your computer and the speed on your switch/router port? If you have a 1000 Mbit ports and want the most speed you will need CAT 6, if you don't care or you only have 100Mbit ports then CAT 5 is fine.

I giggled.
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 10:57:04 AM EST
Just get a Cat5 (or Cat5e if that's all you can find) and be done with it.
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 10:59:30 AM EST
Originally Posted By anjan9:
what speed network?


6mbs
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 11:01:50 AM EST
Originally Posted By The_Watcher:
Originally Posted By anjan9:
what speed network?


6mbs


Cat5 is fine.
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 11:14:47 AM EST

Originally Posted By sweatpants:
IT guy here ... for home use it doesn't matter you aren't going to top out the bandwidth capacity ... go with what's cheaper/on sale.


Link Posted: 9/20/2009 12:24:34 PM EST
Unless you are wiring the house, as in behind walls and all that fun stuff get 5e
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 12:25:37 PM EST

Originally Posted By fiver:

Originally Posted By sweatpants:
IT guy here ... for home use it doesn't matter you aren't going to top out the bandwidth capacity ... go with what's cheaper/on sale.



What they said, on both counts.
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 12:28:10 PM EST
5e is good for gigabit....cat 6 is supposedly "better" but not sure what it will gain you- I did my house with 6, not cause i know better...
got to www.monoprice.com and order them
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 12:32:21 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/20/2009 1:03:55 PM EST by reelserious]
Your network probably will never even run at 100 mps and your internet is probably less than 6 mps so get what ever is cheaper. cat5 has worked for years. I have 4 runs of fiber optic in each room of my house and don't even bother to use it. I just use one of the 2 cat 5 home runs I have in each room.
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 12:43:35 PM EST
For home use, either will do fine.
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 12:44:08 PM EST
Originally Posted By sweatpants:

Originally Posted By eodtech2000:
What is the speed of your port on your computer and the speed on your switch/router port? If you have a 1000 Mbit ports and want the most speed you will need CAT 6, if you don't care or you only have 100Mbit ports then CAT 5 is fine.

I giggled.


Huh?
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 1:32:34 PM EST
Cat5e because I bought it in bulk. The house is wired for Gigabit. You need really big files to max out the transfer speed though.
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 1:42:51 PM EST
Originally Posted By andrasik:
Cat6 is just harder on crosstalk and signal noise.

It's also rated for performance up to 250MHz whereas Cat5/5e is 100MHz.


Cat 5e FTW!!
Link Posted: 9/21/2009 3:38:15 AM EST
Originally Posted By reelserious:
Your network probably will never even run at 100 mps and your internet is probably less than 6 mps so get what ever is cheaper. cat5 has worked for years. I have 4 runs of fiber optic in each room of my house and don't even bother to use it. I just use one of the 2 cat 5 home runs I have in each room.


you are right, it tests at 5.8mbps

I am getting Uverse, i am sure that will not matter right?
Link Posted: 9/21/2009 3:49:51 AM EST
Go with Cat7 and be the envy of your neighborhood.
Link Posted: 9/21/2009 4:04:26 AM EST
Originally Posted By sweatpants:
IT guy here ... for home use it doesn't matter you aren't going to top out the bandwidth capacity ... go with what's cheaper/on sale.


Listen to this guy he knows what hes talking about.
Link Posted: 9/21/2009 4:07:46 AM EST

Originally Posted By The_Watcher:
Originally Posted By anjan9:
what speed network?


6mbs

que? 10/100/1000? pick one....nevermind. get cat5
Link Posted: 9/21/2009 4:08:59 AM EST
Originally Posted By gogoquadzilla:

Originally Posted By The_Watcher:
Originally Posted By anjan9:
what speed network?


6mbs

que? 10/100/1000? pick one....nevermind. get cat5


ohh, my network 1000. I am only a chef. The home entertainment is just that. Thanks for your help i will go monoprice.
Link Posted: 9/21/2009 4:11:22 AM EST
220, 221, whatever it takes.
Link Posted: 9/21/2009 4:12:03 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/21/2009 4:15:41 AM EST by JDC_VA_USMC]
Keep in mind you should limit the length of twisted pair Ethernet cable to 100 meters. Not quite sure what you mean by "extended" Ethernet cables?
Link Posted: 9/21/2009 4:13:38 AM EST
Cat 5 is fine






BTW cat 6 is for gig a net lol
Link Posted: 9/21/2009 4:16:23 AM EST
Originally Posted By JDC_VA_USMC:
Keep in mind you should limit the distance of twisted pair Ethernet cable to 100 meters. Not quite sure what you mean by "extended" Ethernet cables?


I have run out past 350ft
Link Posted: 9/21/2009 4:52:01 AM EST

Originally Posted By abpt1:
Originally Posted By JDC_VA_USMC:
Keep in mind you should limit the distance of twisted pair Ethernet cable to 100 meters. Not quite sure what you mean by "extended" Ethernet cables?


I have run out past 350ft
And I've driven over the speed limit. Your point?

Link Posted: 9/21/2009 4:55:56 AM EST
What all the other IT guys said, and if you're thinking about going to a big box store to buy cables, just do me a favor, lean forward and choke yourself.
Link Posted: 9/21/2009 4:59:44 AM EST
Originally Posted By abpt1:
Originally Posted By JDC_VA_USMC:
Keep in mind you should limit the distance of twisted pair Ethernet cable to 100 meters. Not quite sure what you mean by "extended" Ethernet cables?


I have run out past 350ft


Cat 6 will not help you with that.....just go fiber and skip the copper BS

I am just about to spec out 10GB to the desktop here at work......already have 10GB and the servers.....

Link Posted: 9/21/2009 5:59:51 AM EST
Originally Posted By FreeFloater:
Go with Cat7 and be the envy of your neighborhood.



TERA FTW!

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