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Cat5 or cat5e cable?

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August 13, 2009 7:09:46 PM

hi all, i bought a new construction house and got a company to install cat5e network cables throughout the house. i went there last night to see what they did and they have grey cables and some of the writing on these cables says "c5-8 high data rate 100mhz category 5 - e194731 UL.. " i didn't write down the rest. i did a search for this but couldn't find out for sure if this is really cat5e or not. does anyone know? or if anyone knows how to definitely tell if a cable is either cat5 or cat5e?

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August 13, 2009 8:20:22 PM

I think you should write down the rest. The UL part is right where it is getting interesting. Hopefully it says something like 'UL Verified Cat5e'.
August 14, 2009 11:08:02 AM

ok i'll go check again in a couple of days and let you know. thanks

spinny said:
I think you should write down the rest. The UL part is right where it is getting interesting. Hopefully it says something like 'UL Verified Cat5e'.

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August 17, 2009 1:47:19 PM

here is what the grey cable says: "Cl pro - c5-8 High data rate 100mhz category 5 riser cable - E194731 UL CMR 4PR UTP 24 AWG 75C C(UL) CMG 4PR UTP 24AWG UL Verified CAT5 To TIA\EIA 568-A".

There is yellow cable aswell which seems to be cat 5e. It says "Monster Cable Cl Pro - C5E-8 extra high data rate 350mhz enhanced category 5 riser cable - E194731-S"

do you think the grey cable is cat 5e?

spinny said:
I think you should write down the rest. The UL part is right where it is getting interesting. Hopefully it says something like 'UL Verified Cat5e'.

August 25, 2009 12:49:33 PM

anyone know?
August 30, 2009 10:33:58 AM

nahh dude thats a cat5 cable. wiki is usefully on this stuff.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category_5_cable
"Cat 5e cable is an enhanced version of Cat 5 that adds specifications for far end crosstalk. It was formally defined in 2001 as the TIA/EIA-568-B standard"
Notice the TIA/EIA-568-B, yours is the normal cat 5 which is ANSI/TIA/EIA-568-A

i read that another person had this problem when they got a company to do there house. They got there cat5-e cables though for some reason they had 2 cat5 cables along with them. Call the company, they will have to fix it if you clearly defined cat5-e cables in the contract.

Good luck man.
August 31, 2009 1:34:56 PM

Hey ellmondo, that's for the reply. but I need to be absolutely sure about all this. although i'm in IT, i don't really understand all the specs listed in that link you provided. what part of that link and the writing on my cable proves to you that my grey cables are cat5 and not cat5e? is it the 568-A versus the 568-B? the website shows both of those and they are 2 different orders that the individual colored wires are on the connector. but it doesn't really specify that one is cat5 and the other is cat5e.

ellmondo said:
nahh dude thats a cat5 cable. wiki is usefully on this stuff.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category_5_cable
"Cat 5e cable is an enhanced version of Cat 5 that adds specifications for far end crosstalk. It was formally defined in 2001 as the TIA/EIA-568-B standard"
Notice the TIA/EIA-568-B, yours is the normal cat 5 which is ANSI/TIA/EIA-568-A

i read that another person had this problem when they got a company to do there house. They got there cat5-e cables though for some reason they had 2 cat5 cables along with them. Call the company, they will have to fix it if you clearly defined cat5-e cables in the contract.

Good luck man.

August 31, 2009 1:51:56 PM

hi yes i understand that, im not to sure as i have just touched on this. But just reading a quick article i found out the cat5-e cables that support 1000Mbps run at a frequency of 350MHz as apposed to cat5-e cables that support 100Mbps which is due to the lower frequency, which is about 100MHz.

http://ezinearticles.com/?CAT5-vs-CAT5E-vs-CAT6&id=3227...

the cable could be a Cat5-e though i think it will only support 100Mbps due to the frequency. i also believe that the standard mentioned also backs me up. Either way i believe that cable will only support 100Mbps.
August 31, 2009 2:22:05 PM

thanks for your efforts ellmondo. if you find anything more, let me know. at this point i'll have to accept what i have because i told them i wanted cat5e cables and maybe they gave them to me. but i never told them i needed those cables to be 350mhz. i didn't know any better at the time. on the positive side, they installed these cables after drywalling so i don't see how they could have stapled or somehow tied these cables to something. if i really want to, I can probably pull them out and buy my own cat5e 350mhz or even cat6 cables and fish those in instead.

ellmondo said:
hi yes i understand that, im not to sure as i have just touched on this. But just reading a quick article i found out the cat5-e cables that support 1000Mbps run at a frequency of 350MHz as apposed to cat5-e cables that support 100Mbps which is due to the lower frequency, which is about 100MHz.

http://ezinearticles.com/?CAT5-vs-CAT5E-vs-CAT6&id=3227...

the cable could be a Cat5-e though i think it will only support 100Mbps due to the frequency. i also believe that the standard mentioned also backs me up. Either way i believe that cable will only support 100Mbps.

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