Which cable for GBit network?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Semdk, Dec 12, 2010.

  1. Semdk macrumors member

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    Hi

    I'm setting up a new network, which cable should i use?
    The distance between each device (Time Capsule / PC (streaming iTunes files over Home Sharing) / AirPort Express) is max 20m.
    I need a really fast connecting as i'll be streaming alot of files (ripped VOB movies, and iTunes files).

    Any who could recommend a specific brand?
    I live in Denmark and normally use Amazon.co.uk
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    CAT6a is the best current standard for Gigabit ethernet. Brand really shouldn't matter...
     
  3. simsaladimbamba

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    Just to make sure, you don't need Gigabit Ethernet to stream DVD video and music, as they are using a data rate of less than 1.25MB/s, that is a speed, even 100 Mbit/s ethernet can provide.
     
  4. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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    Expensive and not really necessary at this point, though.

    CAT5e is fine for gigabit ethernet, but if the connection is supposed to be future proof (e.g for wiring a house), then CAT6 (or CAT6a for connections > 50m) should be used.
     
  5. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Hrm... kind of like Gigabit ethernet networks themselves... at this point;-)
     
  6. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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    Depends on your usage. :p For most users that don't have decent network storage or servers, fast ethernet certainly is fine, but there are others (like myself :)) who require fast transfers.
     
  7. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    True. I guess I shouldn't talk. I do most of my work stuff on a fiber-to-the-desk network. We're pretty data-heavy.
     
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