Cat6 network cable
what brand name of cat 6 ids good. There some many and different prices that it is difficult to decide
Any old cat6 (network cable) will do. Belkin is a well known brand if you want brand familiarity and a good track record. However, cables from amazon, or your local fry's store will do just fine. The wires themselves are all basically the same, its the connectors that you should watch for. Cheaper no-name brands just have a simple connector thats the same as old phone cables while more well-known brands (like Belkin) use connectors that are more durable and have the rubber shield the plastic latch.
Skippy27 said:Short cat5 or 5e cables are fine as patch cords. Cat 6 is only needed for long runs, even in a gigabit environment.
1GBase-T was designed to run over plain Cat5 (non-e) all the way to the 100m spec so Cat6 is unnecessary unless the cable has to pass through noisy environments. 10GBase-T requires Cat7 so using Cat6 for "futureproofing" is pointless.
It is 1GBase-TX that requires Cat6 or better. 1GBase-TX has simpler electronics than 1GBase-T but 1GBase-T won the standards war because re-wiring buildings and server rooms was still far more expensive than the cost difference between T and TX cards back then.