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chiefnz
08-08-2003, 04:02 PM
I have a LAN @ home and it's running @ 100Mbps on UTP Cat 5 cabling. Are there any benefits to upgrading the cabling to Cat 6?

What speeds can Cat 6 handle and is there any point in upgrading the cabling to Cat 6. I'll need about 60 metres for all the points on the LAN. Will it be wroth my while upgrading the cabling?

KiwiTT
08-08-2003, 04:11 PM
Move to Cat 6 when you install Gigabit (1,000MBps) Ethernet Cards. Your existing Cat 5 should support 200Mbps (100Mbps Full-Duplex) if you simply have a cross-over cable. IT is normally at the connections where you encounter the most errors and hence degraded performance.

Mike
08-08-2003, 05:04 PM
Cat6 is for Gigabit connections - if you don't have a gigabit network running then you probably wouldn't notice any difference.

Mike.

Billy T
08-08-2003, 05:40 PM
> It is normally at the connections where you encounter the
> most errors and hence degraded performance.

Unless you are skilled at manipulating very short wire tails and keeping the twisted pairs intact you will lose a lot of the potential gigabyte performance doing this yourself.

For all practical purposes your Cat 5 network is probably all you need.

Cheers

Billy 8-{)

robo
08-08-2003, 06:44 PM
<sigh>
I remember when Cat 5 was all you'd ever need.

CYaBro
08-08-2003, 06:49 PM
I found out just yesterday that Gigabit networks will run on CAT5 cabling if it has been installed correctly.

i.e. all 4 pairs of wires are used and in the correct place.

Graham L
09-08-2003, 03:01 PM
Don't worry, robo, you can even use wet string. See Silicon Chip. That works at 2400 baud. On a real computer ... the 8 bit Pic-Axe. Fun things. I've got one flashing leds and beeping at the moment.