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Thread: what is the difference between CAT5 and CAT5E?




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    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?

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    Well Cat5e (which I cable with) is used with 1000mbps networks. ;)

    But how did ya "connect" it? :?:
    <center>:cheers:</center>

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    Just as a side note Greasy Burger - Would you mind saving your signature image as JPG or GIF instead, BMP is uncompressed and it takes a while to load for us dialup folks.

    :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiggo
    But how did ya "connect" it? :?:
    <center>:cheers:</center>
    Isn't it backwards compatible with CAT5 anyway Wiggo?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Tweak
    Just as a side note Greasy Burger - Would you mind saving your signature image as JPG or GIF instead, BMP is uncompressed and it takes a while to load for us dialup folks.

    :)
    done

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greasy Burger
    done
    Good man...

    :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by [color=darkblue
    Tweak[/color]]
    Isn't it backwards compatible with CAT5 anyway Wiggo?
    I just hope that his "extending" of it wasn't twistin' eash wire together to join the ends together was all (I've seen stupid ppl b4, no offence meant by that Greasy Burger btw if ya not ).
    <center>:cheers:</center>

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    You didn't answer my question though Wiggo... :)
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    The simple answer is that CAT5 is rated to go 100 metres, whereas CAT5e is rated for 350 metres. These are theoretical maximum cable lengths before errors start occuring.

    They are physically exactly the same, it just depends which test they pass when made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beefy
    The simple answer is that CAT5 is rated to go 100 metres, whereas CAT5e is rated for 350 metres. These are theoretical maximum cable lengths before errors start occuring.

    They are physically exactly the same, it just depends which test they pass when made.
    And support gigabit networking?
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