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Thread: what is the difference between CAT5 and CAT5E?




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    Quote Originally Posted by [size=6
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    You didn't answer my question though Wiggo... :)
    I thought that "Well Cat5e (which I cable with) is used with 1000mbps networks." was enough as I'm only usin' a 10Mbps/100Mbps but it gives me the ability to go gigabit. ;)
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    Both CAT5 and CAT5e have 100 ohm impedance and electrical characteristics supporting transmissions up to 100 MHz. The differences between CAT5 and CAT5e show in all aspects of performance: capacitance, frequency, resistance, attenuation, and NEXT. CAT5e components were designed with high-speed gigabit Ethernet in mind. While CAT5 components may function to some degree in a gigabit Ethernet, they perform below standard during high-data transfer scenarios. CAT5e cables work with ATM and gigabit speed products. Simply, if you are using a 100Mbps switch, get CAT5e cable instead of CAT5.

    CAT5e is formally called ANSI/TIA/EIA 568A-5 or simply Category 5e (the e stands for ‘enhanced’). CAT5e is completely backward compatible with current CAT5 equipment. The enhanced electrical performance of CAT5e ensures that the cable will support applications that require additional bandwidth, such as gigabit Ethernet or analog video.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greasy Burger
    I'm using CAT5 but it not long enough to reach my desktop. So I connected a CAT5E to make it longer. Is that bad for my bandwidth?
    Do you mean you replaced the cable with CAT5e or used an extender clip to add it on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zetter
    Both CAT5 and CAT5e have 100 ohm impedance and electrical characteristics supporting transmissions up to 100 MHz. The differences between CAT5 and CAT5e show in all aspects of performance: capacitance, frequency, resistance, attenuation, and NEXT. CAT5e components were designed with high-speed gigabit Ethernet in mind. While CAT5 components may function to some degree in a gigabit Ethernet, they perform below standard during high-data transfer scenarios. CAT5e cables work with ATM and gigabit speed products. Simply, if you are using a 100Mbps switch, get CAT5e cable instead of CAT5.

    CAT5e is formally called ANSI/TIA/EIA 568A-5 or simply Category 5e (the e stands for ‘enhanced’). CAT5e is completely backward compatible with current CAT5 equipment. The enhanced electrical performance of CAT5e ensures that the cable will support applications that require additional bandwidth, such as gigabit Ethernet or analog video.
    Thanks a bunch for clearing that up!
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    Ah so it was the technical stuff that ya were after then. Soz but I've had my mind on too many other things lately.
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    Does Cat5e cost any more than Cat5?

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    Not by much but then I buy it by the roll and make cables to suit my need. ;)
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    How do u clip the ends?
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    With one of these kits. ;)

    This guide tells how. :)

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    Do you run the cables in the walls, in the corners or straight across the floor? :thumb:

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