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Cat5e or Cat6?

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Currently trying to decide between the Monoprice Cat5e and Cat6 cables. Are the Cat6 cables any better, or should I save my $1 and go for the Cat5e?
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For only a $1 difference, might as well get the Cat6. They are rated for 10 Gbps whereas Cat5e is rated for 1 Gbps. Way more bandwidth than you need right now, but you'll be future-proofed. smile.gif
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Cat 6a is $1 more, cat 6 is only ~$.30 more tongue.gif.

Might as well get 6a IMO. Unless the $1 is important... network cables tend to last quite awhile.
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If you have a CAT5 / E network, and you buy a CAT6 cable, you are still transferring CAT 5 / E speeds. If you want to future proof and plan on upgrading to a CAT6 network, get the CAT6 cable.
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For only a $1 difference, might as well get the Cat6. They are rated for 10 Gbps whereas Cat5e is rated for 1 Gbps. Way more bandwidth than you need right now, but you'll be future-proofed. smile.gif

I know some people at my local fiber optics company EPB, they have the technology right now to push out 10Gbps, but not enough people would be able to handle it so it's not worth the money to actually market and implement it. They do have 1Gbps at the moment though thumb.gif
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I know some people at my local fiber optics company EPB, they have the technology right now to push out 10Gbps, but not enough people would be able to handle it so it's not worth the money to actually market and implement it. They do have 1Gbps at the moment though thumb.gif

Yeah I looked at 10gb equipment out of curiosity, the cheapest solution I found was about $3k lol

With wireless AC going over 1gbs I'm sure it can't be too long before home routers start supporting 10gb over wired though.
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post #7 of 9
Go with Cat 6.
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Thanks for the responses everyone. I was a bit worried about compatibility as the wall jack is Cat5e, but I guess Cat6 should be backward compatible?

I'd love a Cat6a cable, but Monoprice only has it in blue. For aesthetic reasons, I need something in white so that I can invisibly run the cable along the top of the white baseboard.

[Edit] With regards to future proofing, I'm not sure if it's all that relevant. Upgrading the network to 10 Gigabit would require a thorough renovation and tearing out all the drywall - the builder wired the place with Cat5e. Between how commoditization of 10 Gigabit Ethernet is still several years away at the earliest and how I'm only planning to live here for the next 5 years or so, I'm not sure if I should even be worrying about it.
Edited by Peon - 7/19/13 at 3:52pm
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post #9 of 9
Yes, it will work. Just as I said, you will still be getting CAT5E speeds.
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