Cat 5e vs Cat 6

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by pastrychef, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. pastrychef macrumors 601

    pastrychef

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    Does anyone have any links to tests that compare Cat 5e vs Cat 6 cables in a gigabit ethernet environment? I'm just wondering if there's any advantage to upgrading. Thanks.
     
  2. OmarM macrumors newbie

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    Cate5e only support 100Mb and Cat6 support 1Gb...that's all there is to it. If u got gig then use gig cable...simple as that...unless u dont need the bandwidth, then cat5
     
  3. izibo macrumors 6502

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    Incorrect, Cat5e supports gigabit speeds. You would only see a difference (between 5e and 6) if you were running longer lines since Cat 6 runs at up to 250 Mhz.

    Now, if you wanted to run 10GBit ethernet, that would be a different story. But I'm guessing that gigabit should suffice for the time being.
     
  4. spacecadet610 macrumors 6502

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    i agree just use cat5e. cat6 realistically won't give you any advantage..
     
  5. pastrychef thread starter macrumors 601

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    Yes, I currently only have a gigabit network. However, I notice (through MenuMeters) that transfers speeds fluctuate quite a bit and was wondering if replacing my Cat 5es with Cat 6es would improve/stabilize speeds.

    Currently, transfers usually hover around 40-44MB/sec. Does that sound right?

    Thanks.
     
  6. NoNameBrand macrumors 6502

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    That's probably the limit of your MacBook's disk speed - I hit the limit on mine when I send files to/from my G5 over GigE.
     
  7. pastrychef thread starter macrumors 601

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    Thanks for the info!
     

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