Which Ethernet cable should I use?

  bilal_3715 14:24 29 Jun 16
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Currently im using a cat 5e cable and just wondering should I buy a cat 6a or a cat 7 cable and why?

  lotvic 15:33 29 Jun 16

Depends where and what it is connected to and the limits of that equipment, i.e. "Cat 7 and it's fairyland of 40-Gigabit speeds" Do you need to quickly transfer super huge amounts of Data on your (home?) network?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:36 29 Jun 16

Unless you have a blindingly fast connection its not worth changing the cable

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  lotvic 15:36 29 Jun 16

If you want the tech info on the cables click here frequently asked question regarding CAT5, CAT5e, CAT6, CAT7 and CAT7a

  alanrwood 18:30 29 Jun 16

Agreed with Fruit Bat however if you buy any more ethernet cables the difference in price between 5e and 6 is negligible. Forget about Cat 7 at this time.

  Bris 18:46 29 Jun 16

A network will only run at the speed of its weakest link so if any of the equipment you connect a cat 6 or above cable to is cat 5e then it will run at cat 5e speed or to put it another way, if you want the speed increase of cat 6 then all of the equipment must be to cat 6 specification.

  alanrwood 09:15 30 Jun 16

I would agree with Bris if he is referring only to the router/switch/network card specification. However as most hardware is nowadays specified as GB then either cat5e or Cat 6 will work at the GB speed even if mixed on the same network. If however the router/switch/network card is specified at 100MHz then that is the max speed that will pertain to that part of the network that it feeds.

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