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What ethernet cable should i get?

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Last response: in Networking
September 26, 2008 9:54:09 PM

I am buying an ethernet cable that is around 20 meters and i want the best quality. I dont really care about the price. I dont know what type to get though. Should i get cat5 or cat6? Should i get STP? I am using the cable to connect to my router downstairs to my computer upstairs.

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September 27, 2008 12:21:09 PM

Get either CAT5E or CAT6.

September 29, 2008 3:30:19 PM

The only difference between Cat5e and Cat6 is that Cat6 adheres to higher standards in terms of cable crosstalk and interference. Unless you have a giant electromagnet or something Cat5e will do the trick.
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October 7, 2008 3:54:32 AM

Cat6a is qualified for 10G Ethernet over copper wire. It's a lot more expensive, but if you're running a wire through a wall or underground you may want to splurge.
September 15, 2013 12:46:46 PM

you can get a standard cat5 cable for around 5$ where as cat6 will cost you around 6-7$ ,, Although price wont' matter but still, cat5 will be sufficient from most of the purpose.

Cat6 work for the speed upto 100 gb/s which means your router should also be compatible with the same. But in practicle situation you won't find your Isp providing speed in Gb/s .
Therefore there is no need for cat6 for now or for few years. I used cat5 to connect my system to router and it work fine.