[lug] comparing cat 5e and cat 6 cables

Dean Brissinger brissing at kaidok.com
Tue Dec 27 15:46:08 MST 2005

On Tuesday, December 27, 2005 2:26 PM Matt Thompson wrote:

> On Tue, 2005-12-27 at 11:56 -0700, Dean Brissinger wrote:
>> On Monday, December 26, 2005 5:17 PM D. Stimits wrote:
>>> What's the story about which cable to use and when? I'm interested
>>> in comparing for both 100 Mbit and gigabit.
>> Cat5E is all you need for 10/100/1000.  Cat6 is said to support 10G
> Or, you can go all out and the Cat 7+ cables on this page:
> http://www.amabilidade2002.com/data4.htm
> It's like the networking equivalent of audiophiles buying $1000 power
> cords with tungsten in them or whatnot. 

Actually, worth mentioning a small source of possible confusion...  Cat5
is only rated for 100BT and in practice often only can handle 10.  Cat5e
on the other hand will handle up to GigE.  Not sure if that's where the
original confusion came from or not.

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