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Ron Bakker
02-03-2008, 07:23 PM
Hey I was about to purchase a 20m Rj45 network cable willie nillie without thinking about it, but then I noticed there was price differences and cat5 and cat6. What does this mean?

02-03-2008, 07:33 PM
go Cat6

02-03-2008, 07:40 PM
Cat 5E Vs Cat 6

When comparing Cat 5E and Cat6, the main difference is in the transmission performance and extension of the available bandwidth; that is 100 MHz for Cat 5E and 200 MHz for Cat 6. This includes better insertion loss, near end crosstalk, return loss, and equal level far end crosstalk.

02-03-2008, 09:41 PM
if just connecting computer to router for internet
I don't see what's wrong with cat5e

but if you have gigabit lan transferring files across computers, then cat6 is a must

cat6 is backward compatible and will be future-proof if you later upgrade your network

Ron Bakker
03-03-2008, 08:25 PM
Cool, that's what I needed to know.