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1 year ago#1
I just recently bought a cat 6a ethernet cable (50 feet) to get a wired connection in my room from the router. The ethernet cables on the router are several years old, in fact, maybe about 10 years or so. Should I replace them all with cat 6a cables? Would that make speeds faster?
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1 year ago#2
Yes it affects speeds but not at the data rates a normal home user would be dealing with. So no, you don't need to go rewiring.
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1 year ago#3
Orestes417 posted...
Yes it affects speeds but not at the data rates a normal home user would be dealing with. So no, you don't need to go rewiring.


Not true at all if he has a home network
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1 year ago#4
Elaborate
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1 year ago#5
Cat5 cables are rated to handle 100mbit connections (FastEthernet); this is the most common connection type for home users.

Cat5e cables are rated to handle 1000mbit connections (Gigabit); This is reasonably common nowadays for home users, but most people don't reach those numbers anyway.

Cat6 cables are rated to handle 10000mbit connections (10 Gigabit) up to 50 meters and 1000 up to 100 meters (same as 5e). 10 Gigabit connections is something you will not see in a common home network anytime soon.

In short, you do not need Cat6. Cat5e is more than enough for normal use.
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1 year ago#6
Chetyre posted...
Cat5 cables are rated to handle 100mbit connections (FastEthernet); this is the most common connection type for home users.

Cat5e cables are rated to handle 1000mbit connections (Gigabit); This is reasonably common nowadays for home users, but most people don't reach those numbers anyway.

Cat6 cables are rated to handle 10000mbit connections (10 Gigabit) up to 50 meters and 1000 up to 100 meters (same as 5e). 10 Gigabit connections is something you will not see in a common home network anytime soon.

In short, you do not need Cat6. Cat5e is more than enough for normal use.


This. Even a cat5 cable carries 12.5 megabytes/second, so you're probably fine
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1 year ago#7
I get better speed with ethernet cable than wireless.
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1 year ago#8
YumeOMiru posted...
I get better speed with ethernet cable than wireless.


And you pretty much always will
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1 year ago#9
Unless you have a 100Mbit connection or a media server there is really no need to use CAT6 over CAT5 or CAT5e, the cables you have connected are most likely CAT5 (It should say it on them, in black ink across the cable)
1 year ago#10
ivanwind15 posted...
Orestes417 posted...
Yes it affects speeds but not at the data rates a normal home user would be dealing with. So no, you don't need to go rewiring.


Not true at all if he has a home network


err, what?
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