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cat6 is the way to go... and i think it will support 10gb in the future??
    
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cat 5e is gigabit.. cat6 is gigabit and shielded.. thats y its more expencive..
I know this is somewhat old by now, but I have to correct this one before anyone is mislead. Cat6 cable is not shielded! It isn't called Unshielded Twisted Pair cable for nothing. Please do some research before you post something like this.

Category 5 Enhanced (Cat 5e) is softer, more flexible, and doesn't have quite as high of a twist rate within the cable, making it easy to run. It's rated for gigabit speeds. The outer jacket may have a soft feel to it as you slice it away.

Category 6 (Cat 6) cable has a tighter twist on the conductors to help cancel out more crosstalk; the outer jacket has been hardened, making it slightly more brittle. It's a pain to run into tighter outlets, and not such a pleasure to punch down to a block. Instead of trying to outright cut all the way around the jacket to get to the individual conductors, score the outer jacket on one side, rock it back and forth a bit, and yank it away from the rest of the jacket. It's slight brittleness will allow it to snap free from the jacket fairly easily. It doesn't seem any larger than Cat5e in diameter, and it's rated for gigabit.

Category 6 Augmented (Cat 6a) is quite a bit larger in diameter than Cat 6, the outer jacket is the same consistency as Cat 6, but has been fluted to provide air around the wires to keep the cable runs spaced apart farther (to minimize interference). The twist rate for crosstalk reduction is ridiculous. It's rated for 10Gbit, and it is so stiff and stupidly large that us telecom/network guys have dubbed it "asinine" instead of "augmented". It's big, tough, stiff as a corpse in full rigor, and the only time you'll thank heaven you're running it is when you're falling off the ladder grabbing onto it to save you!

I hope this gives you a good perspective on the different types of wires available right now for UTP-8 cable.
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thanks.... I will rep you for that.

So which cable do you recomend getting for me? about 60ft, and I have a 10mb internet?

I still didnt buy it, lol
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thanks.... I will rep you for that.

So which cable do you recomend getting for me? about 60ft, and I have a 10mb internet?

I still didnt buy it, lol

That all depends on where it's going to be run, what your requirements for installation are, etc. If you're running it near electrical wire (don't secure it in the same bundle) or fluorescent lights, I would say go with Cat 6. It's about in it's prime right now, and it isn't so significantly more expensive than Cat 5e. Cat 6a is still very new, rare, and will carry a prohibitive price tag, so unless you want to make sure you're ready for 10Gbit, then don't bother with it - for the price of it you may as well run fiber and get it over with.

Cat 6 will also allow you to scale to gigabit easily, and get good throughputs out of it. Just make sure you get Cat 6 rated jacks, and a decent punch down tool (and crimper and ends if you're making your own patch cords), and take your time doing it, and you should be good to go. When you're making patch cords, remember that the outer jacket should get caught in the large crimp wedge toward the back of the plug.
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where can I get about 250ft of wire and all the stuff necessary to make the cable?
I only see 1000ft boxes, and that is way more than I need.. Is there any place for just cheap network cable?

BTW, I will probably go with cat6 then
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where can I get about 250ft of wire and all the stuff necessary to make the cable?
I only see 1000ft boxes, and that is way more than I need.. Is there any place for just cheap network cable?

BTW, I will probably go with cat6 then
Sorry I haven't been able to write in a while. As far as not being able to find lengths less than a box of 1000ft - I feel your pain. All of the stuff that I've seen also only comes in 1000ft boxes (that's what we bought in telecom all the time). The only way to get a shorter run would be to find a place that does network infrastructure wiring, and ask if they'd be willing to sell you that length out of one of their boxes. Either that, or find a few friends who want to wire their houses as well, and split it amongst you.
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