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Home users such as all of us won't need to worry about Cat 6 for several, several years. Only when 10 Gbe becomes commonplace will it be remotely necessary. Also, Cat 7 doesn't really exist; it's not an officially approved standard, essentially just marketing by companies to get you to shell out more $ for network components you would never fully utilize anytime soon. Your upload speed does seem a bit slow though; what did TWC advertise as the normal upload speed for your tier? I think most of your dissatisfaction comes from having TWC. I recently moved and was forced to choose between them, 6 mpbs max DSL, or custom T1 line. I chose them because it was the best value, but their average speed is noticeably slower than the same tier package I used to have with Optimum. I'm guessing it is due to overall network size/utilization.
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Your upload speed does seem a bit slow though; what did TWC advertise as the normal upload speed for your tier?

The 50Mbp/s isn't worth it over the 30Mbp/s plan. There is no UL boost with the $30 upgrade.

OP: That seems to be just what TWC says you should get, actually a little more. I've noticed since moving to a new city, my ping has dropped a little. I used to live near a RR mini hub with ~30 ms ping. Now I'm down the street from a higher-tiered hub, ~15 to ~20ms ping for me now.
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post #13 of 17
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Home users such as all of us won't need to worry about Cat 6 for several, several years. Only when 10 Gbe becomes commonplace will it be remotely necessary. Also, Cat 7 doesn't really exist; it's not an officially approved standard, essentially just marketing by companies to get you to shell out more $ for network components you would never fully utilize anytime soon. Your upload speed does seem a bit slow though; what did TWC advertise as the normal upload speed for your tier? I think most of your dissatisfaction comes from having TWC. I recently moved and was forced to choose between them, 6 mpbs max DSL, or custom T1 line. I chose them because it was the best value, but their average speed is noticeably slower than the same tier package I used to have with Optimum. I'm guessing it is due to overall network size/utilization.

No CAT7 but there is CAT6a though.

Homeusers should install CAT6 over CAT5e due to better cross-talk and EMI resistance. In new construction, you might as well go for CAT6a for future-proofing. Nothing worse than having redo the wiring or plumbing in a house.

Everyone is right though... CAT5 is more than enough short/medium runs to your modem for anything under 60Mbps.
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It is quite funny you think your connection is slow biggrin.gif

Over here in the UK I have 'ultra fast broadband' and only get about 12mb/s download speeds at 2mb/s upload. You have nothing to worry about!!

i am with virgin and gfet 120 down and 10 up
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The LAN interfaces are already running faster than your pipe to the WAN.

You'd notice no difference other than a negligibly lighter wallet by changing your cabling.
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i am with virgin and gfet 120 down and 10 up

Yeah but you wont get anywhere near that in real life scenarios. Virgins highest package is only 100mb/s according to their website.

http://store.virginmedia.com/broadband/speeds-explained/our-typical-speeds.html
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Yeah but you wont get anywhere near that in real life scenarios. Virgins highest package is only 100mb/s according to their website.

http://store.virginmedia.com/broadband/speeds-explained/our-typical-speeds.html

i am paying for the 120 meg line, so i get 120 down and 10 up... i am due for an upgrade to 20 up very soon as i am a paying 120 meg client. i got in before all of this was only 100 meg.

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