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Cat5e or Cat6 for New Network?

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Opening up a new can of worms in a different thread (from my home networking original thread). After looking up all sorts of info about patch panels and termination boxes, I noticed a lot of people on various forums were recommending Cat6 only for new networks, due to it being more 'future-proof' for true gigabit networks. Do you all agree or disagree to building a Cat6 network over a 5e? I already own a spool of Cat5e with about ~500 ft left (152 meters), but cost isn't an issue if I need to repurchase wire.
Edited by greydor - 4/9/11 at 4:18pm
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If cost is no issue then cat6 but seeing as you have enough cat5 you may as well use it. you wont see any performance between the two at the distances you will be covering
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Okay if you already own cat5e then use it. The reason for using cat6 is because of power of ethernet.
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CAT 5e is an enhanced version of Cat5 that adds specifications for crosstalk (see below). Cat5e cable is completely backwards compatible with Cat5, and can be used in any application in which you would normally use Cat5 cable. However, the added specifications of Cat5e enable it to support Gigabit Ethernet (1000BASE-T), or networks running at 1000 Mbps.
Cat6 geared towards environments that are unfriendly to cat5e installations aka tight bends and high crosstalk. Plus if you have a great environment go with cat5e because of cost. You should not see any difference if this is the case.
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Honestly, the 5e should be fine.... but still.... it's annoying to have to rewire stuff. What sort of total cost difference would it be to get the new stuff?
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honestly, the 5e should be fine.... But still.... It's annoying to have to rewire stuff. What sort of total cost difference would it be to get the new stuff?
$100
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The reason for using cat6 is because of power of ethernet. .
Cat5e works fine with 802.af.

If you plan on buying a 10gb switch anytime soon I'd say go for Cat6, if not...... Cat5e is be super fly!
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$100

You know... unless you're cash strapped ATM I would just do it. 100 bucks isn't much compared to how annoying it would be if you decide you need to rewire 10 years down the road.

Also, you may be able to make up some of the loss by selling the 5e on ebay.
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Also, you may be able to make up some of the loss by selling the 5e on ebay.
Or here!

Thank you everyone for the responses!
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If you don't want to re-do it in 10-15 years or so you could put down Cat6a now.
Then you'd be ready for 10 gbps over UTP.

A little bit pricier when the majority of people have absolutely no use for gigabit to begin with, though.

When used for 10GBASE-T, Cat 6 cable's maximum length is 55 meters (180 ft) in a favourable alien crosstalk environment, but only 37 meters (121 ft) in a hostile alien crosstalk environment such as when many cables are bundled together. 10GBASE-T runs of up to 100 meters (330 ft) are permissible using Cat 6a.
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