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  1. Join Date : Apr 2016
    Posts : 27
    Windows 10 Pro
       07 Oct 2016 #1

    Best CAT Ethernet Cable For my internet?


    Hello all,

    I have a at&t u-verse router that is the model NVG589, Motorola

    My question is:

    I game on my PC a lot and would like to know, what is the best CAT cable to get that my internet box can support?
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  2. Join Date : Aug 2014
    Forever West
    Posts : 2,345
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       07 Oct 2016 #2

    The newest version is CAT6 but if making your own be sure to get the correct plugs to use with it. CAT5e is the previous version and CAT5 is older. There are other versions of lower number but really not suitable for much more than phone systems.
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  3. Join Date : Sep 2015
    Posts : 20
    Windows 10 Home (and 7)
       07 Oct 2016 #3

    If you're using GE, you want Cat6. Price differential is minor.
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  4. Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 72
    Windows 10 Pro x64 V1607 b14393
       07 Oct 2016 #4

    Get CAT6 or CAT6a patch cords. You're good for gigabit speeds on your LAN assuming you have a GbE port in your PC.
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  5. Join Date : Apr 2016
    Posts : 27
    Windows 10 Pro
       08 Oct 2016 #5

    Beaupeep said: View Post
    Get CAT6 or CAT6a patch cords. You're good for gigabit speeds on your LAN assuming you have a GbE port in your PC.
    I have an Ethernet port but I don't know if it's gigabyte one, how can I tell?

    Thanks
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  6. Join Date : Apr 2016
    Posts : 27
    Windows 10 Pro
       08 Oct 2016 #6

    Berton said: View Post
    The newest version is CAT6 but if making your own be sure to get the correct plugs to use with it. CAT5e is the previous version and CAT5 is older. There are other versions of lower number but really not suitable for much more than phone systems.
    So a CAT 6 is the fastest? Just making sure
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  7. Join Date : Apr 2016
    Posts : 27
    Windows 10 Pro
       08 Oct 2016 #7

    I just seen it and it says "Intel(R) 82578DM Gigabit Network Connection" in my device manager
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  8. Join Date : Sep 2014
    Posts : 2,913
    Windows 10 Pro
       08 Oct 2016 #8

    It's not an issue of "fastest". It's an issue of whether or not data can be transmitted across the wire at a rated speed without potential data loss. You can most likely use a CAT5e cable in a gigabit router, so long as the cable is short. But, if you want to be safe you should use a Cat 6 or better cable (there's cat 7 and cat 8, but these are way too expensive for most people and there are no consumer hardware that can fully utilize it anyways), especially if you're going more than a few feet.

    Cables are rated for a given speed at a given length, much like RAM is rated at a specific speed. If you try to run you RAM faster, it may work, but you may also have random data loss.
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  9.    08 Oct 2016 #9

    CAT 6 is rated to handle the highest traffic load, CAT 5e next, then CAT 5 after that: here's a nice explanation with the obligatory kitty-kat picture: What Is The Difference Between Cat 5, Cat 5e, and Cat 6 Cable? The short version is: Buy Cat 6 if you can, 5e if you must, and skip Cat 5 altogether.
    HTH,
    --Ed--
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  10. Join Date : Aug 2014
    Forever West
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    Win10 Home and Pro, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       08 Oct 2016 #10

    I use high-quality CAT5 in my home Network but the maximum distance of the longest leg is about 50 Feet and I get Gigabit service IF the Ethernet adapter supports it, my Router and Switch both support it. CAT5 is good to 100 Meters or a bit over 300 Feet, whether one would always get Gigabit that far is questionable.
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