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cat 5 vs cat 6

So im getting very close to moving into my house I bought a year ago. Im starting to pick up the necessary cables and such to start running for my network. I know about cat 5 cable and I have a bunch of it I got for free. I do however want to look into getting cat 6 cable. I know about it being able to hold higher transfer speeds and such but one thing im confused about is the connector. It says the standard connector is 8P8C while cat 5 uses rj45. I am shopping around for the connectors and all the descriptions are calling them both rj45 8P8C connectors. I read they are infact different connectors so im a little confused here. Are they the same or what?

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RJ45 is a 8P8C connector. All twisted pair Ethernet connectors are 8P8C. All Twisted Pair Ethernet connectors are RJ45. (RJ45 is a specific 8P8C connector - 8P8C stands for 8 position, 8 contact)

However, connectors, jacks, etc. are also rated Cat3, Cat5, Cat5E, or Cat 6. (there is also a preliminary spec for Cat 7).

To the naked eye, they all look the same, but will not work the same.

Pick your cable, either Cat5E (good for Gigabit if installed correctly) or Cat6 (good for 10Gigabit if installed correctly) and then make sure all your connectors, jacks, etc. are rated the same or higher than the cable. If you use 110 blocks or patch panels, make sure they are also rated for the same category as the cable or higher.

If you have the money, I'd install Cat6.

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yup, we just pulled over a thousand yards of cat 6. Cisco Core switch and gigabit ethernet here we come

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I use cat 3 whe I wire new homes up.
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As long as I know my rj45 ends will work then thats all I need to know. Thank you for the little bit of knowledge.

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Just use the Cat5 you already have for free, don't waste the money on buying Cat6.

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I use cat 3 whe I wire new homes up.
So you relegate your customers to 10mpbs. Nice! So 1990.

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I use cat 3 whe I wire new homes up.
No joke, we still use Cat 3 here at UIC...
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So you relegate your customers to 10mpbs. Nice! So 1990.
In my apartment a few years ago (okay like 5 or 6 now) I ran cat 3 because it was what I had, and I was getting 100 megs. They were short runs, and no patch panels between the locations, but they worked just fine.

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Just use the Cat5 you already have for free, don't waste the money on buying Cat6.
agreed.

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No joke, we still use Cat 3 here at UIC...
LOL yeah I know know about that as I wired some of it.


But seriously if you have free cat 5 use it. Cat 6 is pretty expensive.
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go with cat6 when you want that extra push over the cliff (it's 1 more )

Look, I can appreciate this. I was young too, I felt just like you. Hated authority, hated all my bosses, thought they were full of shit. Look, it's like they say, if you're not a rebel by the age of 20, you got no heart, but if you haven't turned establishment by 30, you've got no brains. Because there are no story-book romances, no fairy-tale endings. So before you run out and change the world, ask yourself, "What do you really want?"
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If you decide to go with the CAT6, search for what you want and then send me a PM. I work for an IT reseller (all ex-CDW guys) and I can "try" and get you a good price.

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