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Is Cat 6 network cable faster than cat5?

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April 29, 2007 1:04:34 AM

Is Cat 6 cable faster than cat 5 cable significantly?

Is there new cat network cable faster than current cat 6?

How will I differentiate cat 6 from cat 5?
April 29, 2007 1:48:35 AM

Yes its faster than Cat5e

CAT5e - 100mhz
CAT6 - 250mhz (if i remember correctly)

I have CAT6 at home, I don't notice any difference in performance.
April 29, 2007 2:06:15 AM

all the 100mhz and 250mhz means is the can maintain line clarity at them levels, gigabit ethernet would be the same on both over a distance less than 5m... no difference.
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April 29, 2007 2:55:59 AM

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Yes its faster than Cat5e

CAT5e - 100mhz
CAT6 - 250mhz (if i remember correctly)

I have CAT6 at home, I don't notice any difference in performance.


you will only see performance increases if you have a faster NIC (for example if you had gigabit LAN)
April 29, 2007 2:59:07 AM

Cat 6 has a bit thicker wire and will carry data in a longer run distance than Cat 5.
Most people don't have 400 foot long runs of wire from a router in their homes so don't worry about it.
April 29, 2007 3:52:49 AM

Cat 6 is less prone to signal noise and will allow for higher speeds (subject to network components of couse). We moved into a new building about a year ago and it is fully setup with Cat6 - we aren't allowed to plug Cat5 into the network ports. Cat6 was installed because it will allow us to upgrade beyond 1GB in the future (we have CAD users).

See if this helps

http://www.broadbandutopia.com/caandcaco.html
April 29, 2007 4:26:30 AM

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all the 100mhz and 250mhz means is the can maintain line clarity at them levels, gigabit ethernet would be the same on both over a distance less than 5m... no difference.


difference would be price
April 29, 2007 12:37:01 PM

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Cat 6 is less prone to signal noise and will allow for higher speeds (subject to network components of couse). We moved into a new building about a year ago and it is fully setup with Cat6 - we aren't allowed to plug Cat5 into the network ports. Cat6 was installed because it will allow us to upgrade beyond 1GB in the future (we have CAD users).

See if this helps

http://www.broadbandutopia.com/caandcaco.html[/quote

thanks for the link hassa. it is very helpful.
April 29, 2007 1:14:58 PM

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Is there new cat network cable faster than current cat 6?



get a fiber system


unless your application is wiring some huge building i'm not sure any home user would see any difference.
November 8, 2010 8:24:30 PM

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