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I have a new computer on my network so I need a new router, I don't need wireless so if it raised the price of the router I probably don't want it, I just need a router for the wired connections. The router needs to be able to handle about 200 down and 100 up. I am also looking for a 150-200 foot Cat6 cable, I'm not a network hardware specialist so I don't know if there are different quality of wire or if cat6 is cat6. If its all the same I can find a good wire on my own but If there are any brands that offer a particularly better wire I would like to know. I am going to be running the cable through a few walls so I really don't have to do it more then once.

If I am missing anything just tell me and I will reply to you
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Thanks.
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Wire is wire, more or less.

Extra shielding, thicker and softer rubber/plastic coating, better strain relief on the terminals... little things like that are the only significant differences.

Realistically, you're usually better off just buying a spool of uncut quality wire, and cutting it to length and crimping connectors on the ends yourself. Usually cheaper, plus you can have it exactly as long as it needs to be, look how you want, have as much strain relief as you deem necessary, and if a connector ever breaks (those little plastic tab bits are fickle as heck) you can just pop a new one on as you'll have the tools and ends on hand




As for trouters, I've been extremely impressed with inexpensive TP-Link routers recently. little 18 buck cheapo looking things, but they perform better, take up less space, run cooler, and have superior stock firmware (and DDWRT support, if you care about that), than my actiontec that costs nearly 10 times as much.
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I've not really got any experience with the all-in-one home router/hub/firewall/etc things, but make sure it states that supports both Cat 6 and 1000BASE-T / Gigabit Ethernet.

As for the cable, as long as you use it for 1000BASE-T and it is shorter than 100 meters (including patching) you won't have any issues on a Cat 6 cable in a home environment. Branding and type really doesn't matter (though I use the stuff with snagless finish after falling in love with the feel of it at work haha) but if you're looking to blow money away you can get shielded cable, I will say though it will be a complete waste of money and will offer you no improvement at all; see here for examples of different types: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twisted_pair#Cable_shielding
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