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#1 Miguel_92

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Posted 01 July 2015 - 01:29 PM

I need a new ethernet cable, and i was just wondering if the categories made any difference to the speed of your downloads etc. My internet speed is 152mbps, but really i get between 85 and 95 or 100mbps if i'm lucky. So what ethernet cable should i purchase next? If the categories actually make a difference at all.



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Posted 01 July 2015 - 02:10 PM

Cat 6


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Posted 01 July 2015 - 02:28 PM

@Miguel_02.

 

You asked about the categories (Cat), here is an article that shares good information: http://pctechgo.hubpages.com/hub/Basic-Differences-Between-Category-cat5e-cat6-cat6e-and-6a-network-cables

 

I would be inclined to get a Cat 6 as CaveDweller2 stated  :)



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Posted 01 July 2015 - 02:44 PM

So on the Cat 6 cable will i see any differences at all? or will the differences be minimal to me?



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Posted 01 July 2015 - 03:35 PM

To you there is no difference between a Cat5e and Cat6 cable.



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Posted 01 July 2015 - 03:45 PM

Actually if you don't have gigabit equipment, you won't ever go above 100mbs, no matter what cable you use.


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Posted 01 July 2015 - 04:47 PM

Thank You for the replies :thumbup2:



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Posted 02 July 2015 - 06:31 PM

 Yep, you need gigabit hardware throughout... nic, router 5 port (4 ports & uplink), docsis 3.0 modem, cat5E. If you don't plan on buidling a 10G network, then I would stick with cat5e because there is no reason to pay more for cat6. Cat6a delivers the same as cat5e 1G at 100 meters and 10G at 33 meters.



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Posted 02 July 2015 - 06:56 PM

Believe that is 55 meters btw.



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Posted 02 July 2015 - 07:00 PM

Is it that big of a price?

50 ft - 5E

50 ft - 6


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Posted 02 July 2015 - 07:17 PM

For one cable no, but just proving a point. It is costly when you do 1000 runs. lol Then you are paying 1300+ extra.

 

Edit: That's not including the differences of a job that may require plenum & STP over UTP. For a 1000ft roll you will be probably paying $250 dollars more for cat6 plenum stp than cat5e for a network that doesn't even need 10G, or has the equipment to do 10G.


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