Hi all. I've been having a lot of Wi-Fi connection issues on my Blu-ray player, while streaming netflix, which is upstairs from where the router is located (I have no issues at all streaming wirelessly to my PS3, which is on the same level as the router), so I thought I would try a wired connection and see if that will help. It's been many years since I last bought an Ethernet cable and was unsure of what type I should I get.
I need approx. 50 feet and I see several different types available online for roughly the same $10-20 price range: Cat5e, Cat6, Cat6a, Cat6e and Cat7. So my question is, what type of cable should I buy? Does it really matter? I read that Cat6 is better for longer distances, but I doubt that matters much in home networking.
The wired ports are 10/100, not gigabit. So category 5 on up will be fine. Cat 6 is pretty good all around for everything up to and including 10Gbase (10 gigabit), however it can be troublesome at those speeds over long distance...
Not a problem you are likely to encounter in home networking.
cat 5 and cat6 both had working range of 100 meters (which means approx 330 feet).
So if we consider distance then it won't affect much. However it's true that cat6 is better in performance as compare to cat5 which is why it's almost 20-30 % more expensive than traditional cat5e..but the performance is mostly in speeds so if you are not dealing with speed in Gb/s (which you won't) then there is no need to spend extra cash on cat6.