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A Cat-6 cable has more twists than a Cat-5 cable, meaning that a Cat-6 cable has less crosstalk and interference.

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CAT6 doubles the bandwidth of CAT5 and CAT5e to 250 mhz. It is backwards compatible with CAT5, so is a good choice of cable if you aren't sure what to choose.


the PLUGS are exactly the same- 8-pin RJ-45 connector. The difference is in the cable...


CAT6 natively supports 1Gbps and higher while for CAT5e it is a stretch. CAT6 operates at 250MHz while CAT5e does it at 100MHz. CAT6 does have reduced length compared to CAT5e but it has higher requirements for noise level and crosstalk. CAT5 is absolute.


Typically, Cat6 has thicker wires than Cat5 (20-22 gauge as opposed to 22-24 gauge for Cat5), and has much tighter control over twists per centimetre on the pairs, and on capacitance between pairs. In practice, Cat6 cable often has a plastic divider that isolates the four pairs. In use, Cat5e cable can usually carry up to 300 megabits per second, while Cat6 carries 1000 megabits per second. Both Cat5 (and Cat5e) and Cat6 have eight wires, arranged as four twisted pairs, but Cat6 is specified as using all four pairs for signalling, while Cat5 uses only two pairs.


it is the grading of the cables, depends what your using the cable for, such as telecommunications, you might need a stronger and less resisitive cable such as cat6, It's the amount of bandwidth the cable can carry without cross talk or internally induced error.


The most obvious difference is their transfer capability. CAT5 has four pairs of twisted copper wire and supports up to 100m of Fast Ethernet (100Mbps) transfers. Although CAT5 has four twisted pairs, it only makes use of two pairs. CAT6 also has four pairs of twisted copper wire which supports Gigabit Ethernet (1000 Mbps) of up to 100m. Unlike CAT5, CAT6 takes advantage of all four pairs. CAT6 has a 2x transfer rate compared to CAT5 but due to the higher price tag of CAT6.


Cat5, Cat5e, Cat6, and Cat6e can be used, u can always use a better cable than required, but not the other way around


CAT5 or CAT6. CAT6 is becoming the standard because it is rated for 1Gbps and faster speeds.


Twisted pair cable IS used for lan connection. CAT5 and CAT6 are twisted pair.


Today's standards use Cat5 cable. Cat6 is newest but more expensive and harder to install.


CAT 5 cables are recommended for Ethernet connections up to 100 mbit. CAT6 are approved for 1000 Mbit (gigabit) Ethernet. If you are installing cables for a network these days, choose CAT6 to ensure future compatibility.


Cat3 for 10baseTCat5 for 100baseTCat6 for 1000baseT, also called Gigabitethernet



A Cat 5 patch cord can be used on 10base-T and 100base-T ethernet segments. A Cat 6 patch cord can also be used on 1000base-T segments.


Cat6 is 550M-1000M Cat7 is 700M-1000M There are no approved Cat 6 or 7 at this time


Difference between a cat 5 5e and 6 networking cable? Cat5 cable is broken into two separate categories: Cat5 and Cat5E cables. Cat5 has become obsolete in recent years, due to its limitations compared to Cat5E and Cat6 cables. Although the Cat5 cable can handle up to 10/100 Mbps at a 100MHz bandwidth (which was once considered quite efficient), the newer versions of Cat cables are significantly faster. Cat5E cable (which stands for "Cat5 Enhanced") became the standard cable about 15 years ago and offers significantly improved performance over the old Cat5 cable, including up to 10 times faster speeds and a significantly greater ability to traverse distances. Cat6 cables have been around for only a few years less than Cat5E cables. However, they have primarily been used as the backbone to networks, instead of being run to workstations themselves. The reason for this (beyond cost) is the fact that, while Cat6 cables can handle up to 10 Gigabits of data, that bandwidth is limited to 164 feet - anything beyond that will rapidly decay to only 1 Gigabit (the same as Cat5E). Cat6A is the newest iteration and utilizes an exceptionally thick plastic casing that helps further reduce crosstalk. The biggest distinguishing difference between Cat6 and Cat6A cables is that Cat6A can maintain 10 Gigabit speeds for the full 328 feet of Ethernet cable.


twisted pair cable can used as LAN connections....for example CAT5 and CAT6 both twisted pairs.


They're different kinds of wire. A CAT5 wire will not handle the same bandwidth as CAT6, so in that sense, they're not "compatible." However, you can use CAT6 wire in applications where CAT5 is called for, since CAT6 is "better" than CAT5.


They are not interchangeable in all circumstances. CAT5 is for 10/100 Ethernet and Cat6 can go all the way to 10Gig Ethernet over short distances. The specs are tighter for CAT6 than for CAT5 and the frequencies are higher and more complex.


Cat5 (older) or Cat6 (newer) cable is what you need for all your computer networking. It's relatively inexpensive, and easy to obtain.


It all depends on the interface of the switch but switches commonly use ethernet cable, most commonly Category 5 or 6 (CAT5 or CAT6).


The connector is a RJ-45 connector, allowing 4 twisted pairs to be terminated to the 8 pin connector system. The connection is compatible with CAT5 and CAT6 cable systems although the performance of the cable is lower than CAT 5, CAT5e and CAT6.


CAT5 cable is actually not able to sustain 1Gbps transfer rates, as the two pairs that are used only for grounding in CAT5, and are used for signal in CAT6, are not controlled as tightly as is necessary for full throughput. A gigabit network, finding itself connected with CAT5 cable, will degrade itself to 300Mbps.


A t1 uses Cat3 Cat5 or Cat6 a traditional ethernet patch cable will work, Pins 1,2,4 & 5 are the useable pins. www.intelletrace.com



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