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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.
Eh? I would hope that all cables are certified.
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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
Ah very nice. I was shocked at the prices! I was at cables-to-go and I figured it would cost upwards of $250 to do my entire house. Monoprice gets it done at like $50. =O
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Can anyone explain the significance of a crossover cable? I had an old "crossover cable" in my pre-network days that I used to link an old Micron and a Dell so that it was sort of a micro-network.

I have long forgotten the significance of crossover.

And how about twisted pairs? Faster? More reliable?
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X-over when connecting two computers or a router and a switch together. Cat5e is good for your gigabit network as long as the cable lengths remain short, don't worry!

Have you thought about making your own? My son and I make our own and save a bundle. They're easy to make and the tool to do it is not expensive. An added bonus is you can make them to the exact length that you need.
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X-over when connecting two computers or a router and a switch together. Cat5e is good for your gigabit network as long as the cable lengths remain short, don't worry!

Have you thought about making your own? My son and I make our own and save a bundle. They're easy to make and the tool to do it is not expensive. An added bonus is you can make them to the exact length that you need.
Ah right. Apparently something in the back of my head told me to use the crossover to connect my router and switch together. Ironic that I had no clue and it was one of the shorter cables I had.

I have seen alot of people make their own. Just one of those things that I don't want to get into right now, although its totally awesome...

Also...suppose I got a Gigabit ) switch (8-port perhaps).

If I hooked up every device in my house to that switch and then hooked up one Ethernet cable tp the router for Internet to the switch (non Gigabit router)...that would, essentially, create a Gigabit network.although my Internet is not coming in Gigabit.

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Pictures help a lot! haha Yes, that would be a gigabit network as all your computers would be connected to that gig switch. BTW, since not many devices can actually saturate a gigabit connection, you're good to go with just about any cat5 cable. We run multiple VM's (at work) thru a single gigabit nic card and still come nowhere near full load.
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Pictures help a lot! haha Yes, that would be a gigabit network as all your computers would be connected to that gig switch. BTW, since not many devices can actually saturate a gigabit connection, you're good to go with just about any cat5 cable. We run multiple VM's (at work) thru a single gigabit nic card and still come nowhere near full load.
But I still could use CAT6, right? It is ridiculously cheap as I have just been enlightened. I understand Gigabit in itself is overkill even for the most intense home user. Just trying to prep for the future. I doubt my server reads/writes over 100Mbps.

But I shall soon have my 4TB SATA3 SSD server so that will be all cleared up.........................................

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I would use the best I could afford regardless of the "over-kill" factor. I just happen to have a box of Cat5e so that's what I used for my runs and drops. Cat6 is good and good luck with that SSD server!
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I would use the best I could afford regardless of the "over-kill" factor. I just happen to have a box of Cat5e so that's what I used for my runs and drops. Cat6 is good and good luck with that SSD server!
Haha...you know I was kiding about the server right. Not even sure if Bill Gates could afford that...
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