CAT5 vs CAT6: Which Should We Use?

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CAT5 vs CAT6 might not be your idea of the fight of the century,Guest Posting but it’s at least an important battle for your electronics dollars as you decide what’s best for setting up your computer network.  Let’s examine all the technical issues that are at the crux of your decision of which one to buy.Twisted pair cable is the main means of stringing together computer networks for data transmissions.  In North America this twisted pair cable takes the form of Unshielded Twisted Pair, and in Europe, it’s Shielded Copper Twisted Pair.  Of those two, Shielded Copper Twisted Pair is the more expensive, however, it has fewer interference issues than Unshielded Twisted Pair.

Typically these will have a standard Rj45 modulator on them.There are two categories of these kinds of cables:  solid and stranded (in which a portion of the copper conduits are comprised of strands of wire which are braided together).  The solid cable is known to have superior transmission properties. It is, however, stiffer, and more difficult to get it into tight spaces.  Stranded is also more affordable and easier to form into patch cables.  Still, it suffers performance degradation, much more than the solid cable.Within these categories we find sub-categories.  Indeed, when we speak of CAT5 or 6 or even CAT3, we’re using shorthand for Category 5, Category 6 and Category 3. A category 3 cable is for standard telephone use; it’s seldom used for computer networks.Today, most cables used for networking computers or other networked electronics devices is Category 5, or CAT5.  CAT5 has been the traditional standard for the majority of communications uses; most legacy wiring is CAT5.  Category 5 is capable of both 10 megabit and 100 megabit Ethernet connections.  It’s typically rated at a transmission capacity of one hundred megaherz.The n

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