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Does the type of Ethernet cable affect speeds?

#11Orestes417Posted 6/7/2014 1:24:19 PM
If it was installed in the last ten years or so it should be cat5e.
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#12The_Dark_Hadou(Topic Creator)Posted 6/7/2014 3:11:55 PM(edited)
Quote: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.

@Chetyre



Thank you all for your inputs. I will check the cables when I get home to see which type of ethernet cables are hooked up on my modem/router. So maybe they are cat 5/5e... Is there anything older than those cables? Also, I recently bought a 75 feet and 50 feet cat6a ethernet. While I don't have speeds that you describe for that type of cable, is it still okay to use it? I have comcast cable internet.


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#13Orestes417Posted 6/7/2014 3:13:11 PM
There's virtually no chance whatsoever they won't at least be standard cat5. Home networking wasn't even that popular before the days when cat5 was the main cabling.
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#14WerdnAndreWPosted 6/7/2014 3:16:15 PM
What do you plan on doing? Surfing the web or transfer lots of large files between computers?
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#15The_Dark_Hadou(Topic Creator)Posted 6/7/2014 3:18:37 PM
Quote:There's virtually no chance whatsoever they won't at least be standard cat5. Home networking wasn't even that popular before the days when cat5 was the main cabling.
@Orestes417

Alright, but is it still ok to use a cat6a? Because it is the one I purchased that's 75 feet.

Quote:What do you plan on doing? Surfing the web or transfer lots of large files between computers?
@WerdnAndreW

Mostly surfing the web, downloading and online gaming.
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#16Orestes417Posted 6/7/2014 3:21:58 PM(edited)
There's nothing wrong with using a higher grade cable than is required. Just means you're a little more future proof for things that'd come out down the road. You don't strictly need it, but it won't hurt anything either.

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#17WerdnAndreWPosted 6/7/2014 3:21:13 PM(edited)
If all you're doing is surfing the web/downloading then any cat5 cable is fine, no need for cat6.
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#18The_Dark_Hadou(Topic Creator)Posted 6/7/2014 8:51:20 PM
Update: computer room has a cat 5e from modem to router and one from modem to PC. Xbox in room has a cat 5. Guess I'll save money and stick to these. Thanks for everyone's input.
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#19mrCubePosted 6/7/2014 9:30:12 PM
I actually just spent all day wiring my house with Cat5e. Thought about going cat6/cat6a but I already had a 500ft spool of cat5e and didn't really want to spend the extra money. Plus it'll probably be many years before 10GBaseT NICs are affordable
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#20LordSeiferPosted 6/7/2014 9:36:23 PM
we went like years without people asking this and have had several topics on the same question in the past couple weeks now
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