In an attempt to upgrade my ancient tech. I come across Cat6, with a lil' research the whole thing seems like a scam, basically it's one (1) wire gauge thicker 24g to 23g? So am I to believe that cat5 was running at its peak with the tiny wires? Mine never got warm. So somehow with one wire gauge thicker its somehow faster? Its not like the device knows what the wire size is, it is sending and receiving data defined by a protocol. I assume the protocol states as fast as possible minus lost packets.With that being said, couldnt people just use 16 gauge wires? Also I notice that the distances you can run cat6 is shorter, I assume thats because of the small amount of power thats being applied in the first place. Granted taking the math involved the devices probably couldnt be more than a few feet apart, but theoretically wouldnt it be faster? I could open up my devices and hard wire 16g or 18g wires to the ethernet connectors and have a smoking fast ethernet connection?? it'd be like cat16 lol... yes? no?
Edited by britechguy, 19 September 2017 - 10:29 PM.
Moved to Networking. This is more likely to be answered correctly in that forum.