Cat5, Cat5e, or Cat6? 14 replies

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#1 12 years ago

This all really confuses me, will Cat6 work for a something that needs Cat5 or Cat5e?




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#2 12 years ago

While Cat 6 is backwards compatible with Cat 5 and Cat 5e its primarily used for Gigabit Ethernet connections. So unless your planning on setting up a Gigabit Ethernet or plan on upgrading to one in the not so distant future you'd do just fine by using Cat 5e.

Category 6 cable - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Here's a link where you can read all about Cat 6.




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#3 12 years ago

Thanks for the quick reply

I've decided i'd just go with Cat6. What confuses me is when they say "Network Cable" and "Crossover Cable"

What I plan to do is connect our DSL connection, straight from the DSL modem to my PC instead of the router.




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#4 12 years ago

foodmaniac2003;3820349Thanks for the quick reply

I've decided i'd just go with Cat6. What confuses me is when they say "Network Cable" and "Crossover Cable"

What I plan to do is connect our DSL connection, straight from the DSL modem to my PC instead of the router.

Unless your DSL modem can transfer at Gigabit speeds the Cat 6 really isn't going to do you that much good. Simply put you'll get the highest speed that both your modem can transmit and your NIC can receive at even if that means that they both have to throttle the speed back to whats acceptable for communication packets to transfer between the modem and your NIC. Hope this information helps you out.




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#5 12 years ago

I just did a search on Newegg for Cat5e, and there seems to be "Network Cable" and "Patch Cable". Are these two names for the same thing?




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#6 12 years ago
foodmaniac2003;3820409I just did a search on Newegg for Cat5e, and there seems to be "Network Cable" and "Patch Cable". Are these two names for the same thing?

There's a little bit of difference. Just go with the network cable and you'll have what you need.




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#7 12 years ago

Thanks for the help! :)




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#8 12 years ago

There is no technical difference between a "network" and a "patch" cable.

You cannot make a run from a modem to a PC unless the modem has a router built into it, which is the rule rather than the exception these days.

CAT5e is functionally identical to CAT6 for home use; both support GbE over short(er) runs.




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#9 12 years ago

C38368;3820569There is no technical difference between a "network" and a "patch" cable.

You cannot make a run from a modem to a PC unless the modem has a router built into it, which is the rule rather than the exception these days.

CAT5e is functionally identical to CAT6 for home use; both support GbE over short(er) runs.

So there's no way for me to run a DSL connection straight to my computer?




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#10 12 years ago
foodmaniac2003;3820583So there's no way for me to run a DSL connection straight to my computer?

I believe if you use a crossover cable, you can. But don't quote me on that, I'm not 100% sure.




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