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CAT5 vs. CAT5e vs. CAT6 vs. CAT6a. How much difference is there?

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Hello all,

So I have been doing a little bit of work on my network lately. Optimizing and running some spare cables to some places around the house...

I currently am running CAT5e to 5 PC connection spots around the house. However, my network printer and NAS are running through standard CAT5.

This made me think. Should I be replacing my cables with more modern CAT6 or CAT6a (short connections) cables?

Or is this not worth it. Running FiOS's standard 10/100 router. Will I get better pings/latencies?

Thanks.
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post #2 of 19
I stepped from Cat5e to Cat6 and noticed a little difference nothing Major but it was Just noticable.

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post #3 of 19
For 100Mb, it probably won't matter unless the cable is damaged and there is packet loss.
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post #4 of 19
Cat5/e will do the job just as well as Cat6,it's just that Cat6 is rated for gigabit connections.It really doesn't matter when your running 10/100 connections so I wouldn't worry about it.
 
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post #5 of 19
this.

for 10/100 any of the above will do. If you upgrade those PC's with gigabit, you would want to have already run cat5e or cat 6. Heck they are the same price so I would go cat5e and just leave it at that. Future proof your cabling.
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www.monoprice.com sells cheap CAT 6 STP cables. If you want Gigabit then buy CAT 6 because it will be better
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post #7 of 19
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Thanks for all of the responses. Sorry for responding so untimely.

From what has been posted, I take it CAT5e is adequate for normal household use. In the future I would like to get a Gigabit router for easy file transfer around the house...but FiOS sort of prevents that as of now. (Modem/router consolidated into one unit.) And if it was a bridge, I am afraid it would still run under 100mbps. This is not to say that I really have anything that has read speeds over 100mbps, but for the future. You know when I get that 4TB SSD server....

In regards to my sever/NAS. Should I use CAT5e for it? I was forced to use CAT5 because I ran out of short length CAT5e...

Any opinions.

Thanks again.

Oh and any recommendations on what website to buy off of if/when/maybe/ I buy some cables? How is Cables-To-Go? Wide selection. Not so sure about prices.

Thanks thanks thanks.
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Whoops didn't see the above post. ^ ^. http://www.monoprice.com/ . Anybody know anything about it?
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post #9 of 19
Remember that Cat6 also needs to be certified, and done be a certified technician, even though it's the same principal as to making a Cat5e cable.
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yes monoprice is reputable they have great customer service and the quality of the cable is awesome. One time i entered the wrong credit card number, they called me immediately and told me to redo the order again. That was within 30 seconds of ordering
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