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I have 2 networks. 100Mbit with 1 D-link and one Lynksis (wireless). The 100Mbit is strictly for the internet and the one Dell computer the family uses.

My 3 computers, two servers and one workstation, are connected via a Gigabit switch in the basement (aka the telco room). Two CAT5e cables (100/1000) are routed up the duct vents to my upstairs computer where the workstation is.


Today I have a box of 1000 feet of CAT6 cable sitting in my kitchen. (free)

Its time to install CAT6!
    
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Ok.....go install your cat6...WOOT!
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Hell ya, CAT6 is much better!
    
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So... What exactly do you gain, going from Cat5e to Cat6?
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So... What exactly do you gain, going from Cat5e to Cat6?
+1 -e.
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+1 -e.
hahaha

thanks for that laugh..

but i think the only difference is that the cat6 is shielded? or someting like that..im probley completley wrong, i think it might also support faster speeds..
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CAT 6 has extra shielding, supports frequency up to 250Mhz and is used for Gigabit ethernet.
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Really the major difference of CAT6 is simple:

More twists per inch.
More shielding. There is a plastic divider in the middle that separates the 4 pairs. So it is shaped like a cross (or an X, however you wanna look at it). The divider makes the cables more firm.
The insulation is much thicker than any CAT5 cable I've encountered.

Not all CAT6 has a foil shield. I was under the impresstion all CAT6 had it. Apparently it seems that is in STP only.

Now, I did a very simple file transfer before I installed it. After it was installed, I noticed a higher rate and it was more consistent. But there were more factors to consider and I'm not drawing a definate conclusion. Hell I don't care I'm just happy I have CAT6 cuz I know it rocks!
    
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Yeah, cat-6 are way thicker than cat5-e, at least mine is...
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