Solved using an extended ethernet cable without losing performance

June 9, 2014 at 08:23:40
Specs: windows 8
I need to set up a wired connection from router to computer and have to get an extended ethernet cable. I have found this info: "Cat7 cables are capable of higher speeds, they will work on any device a Cat6 or Cat5e cable will work on, but you will only benefit from higher speeds if all your equipment can work at 10 G/Bits. Cat7 & Cat6 cables also offer better protection from interference." Not sure what the 10 G/Bits means and the distance from router to laptop is approx 4.5m. Will things run smoothly still? Oh, and the router will also have a wired connection to a smart tv and wifi connection to phone.

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June 9, 2014 at 08:56:36
"Not sure what the 10 G/Bits means and the distance from router to laptop is approx 4.5m. Will things run smoothly still?"

10 G/Bits. = 10 gigabits per second
4.5m = 14 feet
Will things run smoothly? - Yes

" have to get an extended ethernet cable????"

What is an Extended Ethernet Cable?

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June 9, 2014 at 09:21:00
The cable is longer than the 'average' cable that comes with the router. That one is just over 1 meter I think (casting an experienced measuring eye in that direction, lol). And thank you for the swift response because I need to sort this asap! I can buy various lengths but some are Cat 7 or 6 or 5 which is alien-speak to me but if they say the 7 works better then who am I to argue? Well, only after I've consulted with the knowledgeable beings on this site.... ;-)

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June 9, 2014 at 10:08:18
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Have a quick read of this info:



from which you'll see that unless you're intending to run a 10Gigbit networking cat-6 is more than adequate/fine for your requirements.

So save your money and stick with cat-6.

The only places I've personally come across cat-7 is in broadcast tv environment; where it's used to distribute both digital audio and video signals/data. Although much of the general cabling was still cat-6 for office ccts.

is more on the evolution of the ethernet cable systems/standards...

What does affect a cable length performance is the number of quality of the actual cable "plugs" them selves (how well they are made and secure); the number of breaks/connections in the run... Each connector (an in-line coupler) represents a drop in signal quality. Some regard each such in-line connector as equivalent to 40ft of cable... But I have no firm evidence to support that actual figure. It is generally not recommended to have more than 5 connections in a given run - which includes the cable end connections themselves... So one's options for extending with more than one (possibly two) couplers is somewhat limited... Which is why if needing a long run best to aim for a single run - or at worst - two suitable longish runs (to provide again upto a max overall of 100meter/328ft) with a quality in-line coupler. Or use a suitable hub/switch etc. to extend as that will "boost" the signal for a further 100meters/328ft.

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June 9, 2014 at 10:23:01
Thanks. Greater understanding now - and money saved! (grin)

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