Which Ethernet cable?

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February 22, 2009 at 07:56:50
Specs: WinXP, 1.5Ghz, 256MB
What category Ethernet cable is recommended for connecting PC to DSL modem? I know there are different categories from Cat-5 to Cat-7 and each one increases in speed. Does it really matter, though, if you're only going 3-4 feet from modem to PC? Thanks.

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February 22, 2009 at 10:27:58
Cat 7 cables are shielded and contain extra wires. They are also more expensive. Just use the cable that came with your modem.

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February 23, 2009 at 06:18:36
Thank you! I almost went out and bought a cable! It totally slipped my mind that the ISP usually provides one! I also found a CAT3 cable I had lying around. In case a cable is not supplied, is a CAT3 good enough? Thanks.

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February 23, 2009 at 06:32:28
Cat5 is plenty good enough or Cat5e which is a little better. Anything above will work but is unnecessary.

Cat3 will work up to 10Mbs but has largely been superseded by Cat5 for data transmission which is good for 100 Mbs.

Cat3 will cripple your 100 Mbs Local Area Network.

All this information can be found after a few seconds on Google.


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