Solved Need help regarding difference with Cat5e 6e and 6a

January 24, 2012 at 17:42:42
Specs: Windows xp, 3.2/ 1512 MB
Hi 2 reasons for this question: first I want a network cable for my laptop (around 7-10 feet long)that I'll carry around.
Second we want to wire the house later this winter for our other laptop which is in a different room (30-35 feet away).

So which cable is what? i know 6a is better then 6e and then 5e but are the connectors the same? will they work on all computer or will I need an adapter (if so not good for laptop)? Or should I buy a cable for the laptop (one kind) and then for wiring the house?
I heard 6a breaks easily...
Also what is awg versus i believe utp? was searching on ebay for cheap cables and therefore I got all confused now!
Finally if we use a router does it change anything?

Manufacturer: Gateway
Model: 702GE
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January 25, 2012 at 14:35:06
What about stp/UTP which one is the best? or does it matter?

I does matter. Most Ethernet cable you will get will be unshielded. STP is only used when where the is a lot of electrical noise to worry about. It has to be wired correctly with the shield only grounded at one end. Grounding the shield at both ends has been known to cause fires because of the difference in ground potential between the two devices it is connecting Stick with UTP.

Most cable you buy in short length will be braided. Solid core cable usually comes on drums of 100 meters or more for professional installation.

Stuart



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January 24, 2012 at 20:15:41
Cat 6 will be fine for you since you do not have long distances. 6 will do gigabit and 10 gigabit. Cat 6 can do 10 gigabit for distances under 50 meters (keep it much under 50 meters).
Your router does not need to be changed. 6a and 6e is not going to provide you any benefit as 6a is 10 gigabit for 100 meters.
See the following:
Basic Differences Between CAT5, CAT5E, CAT6, CAT6e, CAT6a Cables

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January 25, 2012 at 02:59:29
Also what is awg versus i believe utp

AWG = American Wire Gauge and refers the thickness of the actual wire.

http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/w...

UTP = Unshielded Twisted Pair which mean the cable is unshielded and each pair of wires is twisted together to reduce interference. The two specifications are not related to each other. You can also get STP = Shielded Twisted Pair but that is only used in special applications.

Cat5, Cat5e etc referes only to the cable. |t says nothing about the connectors on the end but as they are all 8 wire (4 x 2 twisted pairs) they nearly always have an RG45 plug on the end as that has eight connectors.

I heard 6a breaks easily...

No more than any other cable. It depends whether you have solid core cable or braided cable.

Solid core is designed for permanent installations where the cable is installed and not touched. Cable that is going to be handled a lot like drop cables and what you are planning should be braided cable as it is more resistant to breaking.

Solid core cable has better electrical characteristics than braided cable and should be used whenever possible but not where it is going to be handled and is likely to break.

Stuart


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January 25, 2012 at 14:01:10
Therefore if the price is similar I better buy Cat6a cable?
On internet each seller have different specs...it gets confusing.
What about stp/UTP which one is the best? or does it matter?

I know we need RJ45 connections. If I understand u guys correctly Cat 6 or Cat 6e(double then Cat6) is much faster then Cat5E with no real difference for usage...is it the same for Cat 6A(or jsut for the lenght like Stuarts mentionned)?What about braided or not...where do I find this info... I see sometimes that they are round wires, or flat wires...would it be that?

Also They would all three fit into my laptop and desktop computer hole for internet?thanks!!!!

Manufacturer: Gateway
Model: 702GE
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
CPU/Ram: 3.2 GHz / 1013 MB
Video Card: Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family
Sound Card: Realtek High


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January 25, 2012 at 14:35:06
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What about stp/UTP which one is the best? or does it matter?

I does matter. Most Ethernet cable you will get will be unshielded. STP is only used when where the is a lot of electrical noise to worry about. It has to be wired correctly with the shield only grounded at one end. Grounding the shield at both ends has been known to cause fires because of the difference in ground potential between the two devices it is connecting Stick with UTP.

Most cable you buy in short length will be braided. Solid core cable usually comes on drums of 100 meters or more for professional installation.

Stuart


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January 25, 2012 at 15:04:23
Thanks Puppet and Stuarts. Now I understand better the diff.!!! You guys rock!

Manufacturer: Gateway
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CPU/Ram: 3.2 GHz / 1013 MB
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