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Hi guys,

I'm trying to purchase an Ethernet cable and I don't know which one to get. The cable is for connecting my PC NIC to a Linksys WRT54GS and after looking on eBay there's so many options - Cat 5/5e/6/Crossover/Straight-through?

Some help would be great, thanks!
Edited by JCG - 4/5/11 at 3:10am
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Cat-5/5e Straight through. commonly known as a patch cable.
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I bought some cat 6 cable from this store on ebay http://myworld.ebay.com/designerhous...id=p4340.l2559 works great and it's pretty darn cheap. Also cat6 is backwards compatible with cat5 ports and it has a better throughput.
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Cat-5e provides Gbit speeds and is the same price as normal cat-5 usually, while being much faster.
Cat-6 is "certified" as providing Gbit speeds, while Cat-5e is not.
In practice there is no difference really, except the higher price for Cat-6.
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I bought some cat 6 cable from this store on ebay http://myworld.ebay.com/designerhous...id=p4340.l2559 works great and it's pretty darn cheap. Also cat6 is backwards compatible with cat5 ports and it has a better throughput.
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Cat-5e provides Gbit speeds and is the same price as normal cat-5 usually, while being much faster.
Cat-6 is "certified" as providing Gbit speeds, while Cat-5e is not.
In practice there is no difference really, except the higher price for Cat-6.
and there is absolutely no difference, except price when you are running it to a WRT54GS, 10/100 much.
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Did a little bit of searching; so Crossover is used if connecting PC to PC, PC to network printer etc. and straight-through is PC to Router/Switch etc?


Thanks for the help guys, +rep.
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yep thats right, used to be same to same = crossover, although most modern nics will do a little workaround so that you dont need to use a crossover anymore.
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Originally Posted by Chairless View Post
yep thats right, used to be same to same = crossover, although most modern nics will do a little workaround so that you dont need to use a crossover anymore.
Cool! Thanks for the info


EDIT: What's the maximum recommended length for these cables? Just wondering about signal degradation. (I need 7-8m, is that okay?
Edited by JCG - 4/5/11 at 3:12am
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100m for most Cat cables
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Brilliant!
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