Cat5e Vs Cat 6 – Which Is Right For You?
May 12, 2009
For plenty of people out there, the way that cables are classified can be mysterious. For instance, what’s the difference between Cat5e and Cat6 cables? I get asked this all the time.
Cat6 has double the available bandwidth of Cat5e – 200 mHz compared to the 5e’s 100 mHz. In plain English, that’s the speed at which data is transferred from one source to another through the cable.
Which cable you should use likely depends on what you’re going to use it for. If you have high-powered network running at gigabit speeds, then opting for Cat6 is a wise choice; it’s certified to operate at high speeds and it’s an effective way to future-proof your network.
Cat5e is still the standard and performs well for most networking jobs. It may be marginally slower, but rarely on a level that is noticeable.