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Looking for two things if anyone could help:

1) I'm getting a few patch cables for an extremely high-speed business place. Was just wondering if I should be looking for CAT-6 or CAT-6A, or if there is anything better out there (as I've heard mention of CAT-6E).

2) Which brand of cabling should I go for? I heard Belden was fantastic, but I don't have the time to put them together. On Newegg, I was looking at Belkin, but Belkin is Belkin if I'm not mistaken.

EDIT: Also, I am looking at getting a 100' cable for home to run from a switch to the router for when I have home LANs. Does anyone have a suggestion for this as well?

Any help would be appreciated.
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1) How "extremely high-speed" are we talking? Your network will only run as fast as the slowest link. You could run Cat6 if you can take advantage of the faster transmission speeds or will be able to in the future, but otherwise I'd save the money and go with Cat5e.

2) I've used a lot of Belkin Cat5e and never had a problem. For the most part, cable is cable. Go by the rating and not the brand. Of course, if you see 100' Cat6 cable for $1.99, you might be a little suspicious.

IIRC, the max length for Cat5e is 100m, so 100' shouldn't be a problem.

Hope this helps,

Rich
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What's the backbone of the LAN? 1Gbps? 10Gb? It doesn't matter how high speed your WAN is on a business plan (unless I'm reading your post wrong, I'm assuming you meant high-speed ISP line by "high speed business place"). as even Cat5e is far more than enough for that.


At any rate, if you're running cables through walls and such I'd suggest something other than CAT 6/6a/7 cabling for that: run fiber. Yes it will be more expensive, but it holds up better than CAT cabling and you won't have to yank it out if you upgrade your infrastructure later.

If you're dead set on CAT cabling I'd say CAT 6A and you'd need plenum-rated cabling for wall runs (per building codes) and I'd also suggest investing in STP for the wall runs as well. CAT 6A is rated for 10Gb, and if you're laying the lines for the first time you'll thank yourself later if you upgrade to faster infrastructure and don't have to re-cable everything.

As far as brand, it honestly does not matter. You get some network admins who swear up and down that one brand is far superior to everyone else but in all truth as long as you're not buying the absolute cheapest import from China it won't matter (though most cabling does come from China). As long as it's spec to STP for your in-wall runs you're good to go.

As far as above CAT 6A, you have CAT 7. The spec is still considered experimental as far as I know but the cabling is available and is rated at 40Gbps.
    
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1) How "extremely high-speed" are we talking? Your network will only run as fast as the slowest link. You could run Cat6 if you can take advantage of the faster transmission speeds or will be able to in the future, but otherwise I'd save the money and go with Cat5e.

2) I've used a lot of Belkin Cat5e and never had a problem. For the most part, cable is cable. Go by the rating and not the brand. Of course, if you see 100' Cat6 cable for $1.99, you might be a little suspicious.

IIRC, the max length for Cat5e is 100m, so 100' shouldn't be a problem.

Hope this helps,

Rich
Thanks Rich

ALL network cables will be changed. I will also be getting some for a home LAN and server as well, so the fastest would be the nicest, especially since it seems to be in budget.

EDIT: Thanks also Turtle! I looked into CAT-7 but I can't seem to find any over 5'. I'm even having trouble finding CAT-6A to be honest with you. I don't want to settle for less when I'm sure they're all around the same prices, but I'll keep looking.
Edited by xyeLz - 8/4/11 at 1:48pm
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If it's in the budget, no reason not to go with Cat6.

I got very lucky myself. At my work, we installed new order confirmation boards, and each install kit came with 2 x 150' bundles of Cat6 cable. I bought myself a good crimper, and I'll never be short of cabling again.

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Cat6a would be good for new deployments depending on cost. You could leverage the capability for 10 gbps over UTP without a change in wiring infrastructure a few years down the line.

If the requirement is only 1 gigabit and on the cheap, than CAT5E it shall be.
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heres a cheap cables place online: www.monoprice.com

CAT 6 is more than enough for WAN speeds, because i doubt that the business has more than 1gb speeds. LAN however will only run as fast as the slowest device. IE if you have gigabit connections everywhere but only a 100mbps cable your not gonna get gigabit. Or if you have 100 connections everywhere but only gigabit cable your not gonna get gigabit.
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Thanks Rich

ALL network cables will be changed. I will also be getting some for a home LAN and server as well, so the fastest would be the nicest, especially since it seems to be in budget.

EDIT: Thanks also Turtle! I looked into CAT-7 but I can't seem to find any over 5'. I'm even having trouble finding CAT-6A to be honest with you. I don't want to settle for less when I'm sure they're all around the same prices, but I'll keep looking.

Just to add a little information to what has been said before: given that you are having trouble finding CAT 6a, you might try Cat 6, which is also certified for 10 Gbps, altough in this case you have to consider the length of cable you will be needing for the installation. Cat 6 will do 10 Gbps over 50 meters instead of 100 meters for Cat 6a, and if you have it running along the wall next to other wires, like electricity, or other wires that can cause interference, then the distance is 39 meters.
 
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heres a cheap cables place online: www.monoprice.com

CAT 6 is more than enough for WAN speeds, because i doubt that the business has more than 1gb speeds. LAN however will only run as fast as the slowest device. IE if you have gigabit connections everywhere but only a 100mbps cable your not gonna get gigabit. Or if you have 100 connections everywhere but only gigabit cable your not gonna get gigabit.
Holy moly macaroni cheese and toast shut the front door that stuff is cheapo bonito! Sorry idk why I just said that.

Why is the CAT6 rated at 550MHz and the CAT6A at 500MHz? I saw some 800MHz stuff on Newegg?
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IIRC the standard is 550 for CAT 6 and CAT 6a is 500. CAT 7a however is up to 1000. Those are the regular numbers you see for those types of cables.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_7_cable
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Category 7a (or Augmented Category 7) is defined at frequencies up to 1000 MHz, suitable for multiple applications including CATV (862 MHz).[1][2] Simulation results have shown that 40 Gigabit Ethernet may be possible at 50 meters and 100 Gigabit Ethernet at 15 meters.[1] In 2007, researchers at Pennsylvania State University predicted that either 32 nm or 22 nm circuits would allow for 100 Gigabit Ethernet at 100 meters.[3][4]
can you post a link as to what cable you saw on newegg was 800? I doubt thats the actual frequency
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