What Type of Networking Cables Do You Need?

What Type of Networking Cables Do You Need?

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Internet connectivity is a near must these days. Sure, there are times when you probably don’t really need to be connected, but it seems to be so rare that it just makes more sense to stay online all the time.  The good news, perhaps, is that this “need” to be online is somewhat universal and that means it can often be pretty easy to connect to public or shared wireless networking all over most large cities.

However, all internet—even wireless—has to be channeled through a server; and many of these servers are still connected via cable to various network centers and data processing centers.  And for those who do remain connected by physical cables, the actual cables—and their associated Keystone Jacks—the quality of your connection (or your ability to connect at all).Image result for What Type of Networking Cables Do You Need?

CAT5 Networking Cable

This type of cable is, perhaps, the oldest cable that people still use today, though that will probably come to an end soon.  For many years they were considered the best and the fastest networking cable but times have changed and technology continues to improve (and sometimes so fast that it is hard to keep up).  

The Cat5 Networking Cable can only operate at speeds of 10/100 Mbps at the 100 MHz bandwidth.  If you are running a device that requires cables like these, and you find you need new a cable, you may be better off just replacing the machine.  

CAT5e Networking Cable

The “e” in “CAT5e” stands for “enhanced.” Obviously, then, these cables perform a little better than the Category 5.  They are at least 10 times more powerful than their predecessor and could be a fair substitute (if you are still using this type of cable).

CAT6 Networking Cable

Finally, we have the CAT6 networking cable. Obviously, this is the newest version of the standard networking cable. Of course, this is also the most powerful—at a speed of 10 Gb at 250 MHz.  However, CAT6 networking cables bring other benefits to the table, too.  For example, the CAT6 networking cable contains a separator; this mechanism isolates pairs of wires to prevent connectivity crosstalk.  Basically, if you use these cables you will probably less often experience electronic interference.

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