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    CAT6 cable

    This is a discussion on CAT6 cable within the Cabling and faceplate help forums, part of the Sky Broadband help and support category; Hi Guys, I need to replace the Cat5 from my router to my PC and while doing a search for ...

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      CAT6 cable

      Hi Guys, I need to replace the Cat5 from my router to my PC and while doing a search for a good and cheap supplier I came across CAT6, which I've never heard of before. It claims to faster, higher and Stronger etc., just wondering is it compatable and if so is it worth the extra pennies.

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      Re: CAT6 cable

      As all the cat cables are backwards compatable, you can use some if you like, but it will not provide better porformance that cat5 or cat5e

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      Re: CAT6 cable

      CAT6 cable is simply a thicker cable with more twists in it. You can use CAT6 for standard 10 or 100Mb Ethernet but the upgraded standard is only for gigabit ethernet. You will not see any improvement in performance for ADSL, 10Mb or 100Mb ethernet.

      So install it if you think you might run gigabit ethernet down it in the future otherwise don't bother.
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      Re: CAT6 cable

      Thanks for the very swift replies guys. Cat5 it is then

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      Re: CAT6 cable

      CAT5e will happily support Gigabit ethernet, CAT6(A) is the minimum cabling standard required to support 10 Gigabit Ethernet. A home user is unlikely to require CAT6. Some users have found (or claim!) using CAT5e/CAT6 cable for ADSL inproves their connection, what is most likely is the cable that was in place was poor quality and the tighter turns of CAT5e/CAT6 are better at rejecting alien cross talk & interference. Cure the problem properly by using a later version of the NTE5 line box with bell wire filter or a good quality filtered faceplate as used by BT.
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