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Do I get better speed using cat6 cable partner with non gigabit router?

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#1 petebals


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Posted 04 March 2017 - 12:32 PM

Pls enlighten me on this or do you have better explanation about gigabit speed? 

My question is 
Do I still get better performance in speed if I use cat6 cable into non gigabit router and non gigabit land card than using cat5e cable? 


I made a scanario, shall we say:

Set A:  using cat6 cable      +     non gigabit swtich/router and non gigabit land card         *(15meters apart from router/sw to pc)

Set B:  using cat5e cable    +     non gigabit switch/router and non gigabit land card         *(15meters apart from router/sw to pc)


Which do you think much is faster A or B, regardless if it dramatic change in speed or not.

or setA and SetB are just the same speed. Because they are using non gigabit switch?

This is mind boggling for me, that's why I ask because

There are lot of "IT" people and vendors who advice to others like "use cat6 cable because it's way faster speed than cat5e". 

and not knowing the type of router and the land card of that person is using. I believe that most of us don't use gigabit router or gigabit switch and gigabit landcard,(I expected that person using non gigabit device)

Is it true faster speed or something is missing? 

Please help. Hope you understand my question.

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#2 Kilroy


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Posted 04 March 2017 - 01:11 PM

Network speeds are limited to the slowest device in the chain.  Provided the cables are up to specification you will see little to no difference.  IT people use CAT6 so that when they update the network later they don't have to visit every machine to replace the network cables.


Unless you're going over 1GB CAT5e is all you need.


CAT5e vs CAT6

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