Cat6 Ethernet Cables - The Cheapest Speed Upgrade

Most of us who regularly use a computer know what an Ethernet cable is. But do you know what a Cat6 Ethernet solar wire is and why you would use one? Most ISP (internet service provider) companies supply modems as part of the package when you subscribe for your internet. But did you know these providers often supply slower cat5e cables that are only capable of running at speeds of up to 1000 mbs. OK so the leads they supply are designed to get you up and running as quickly and cheaply as possible. but why not invest in a faster and superior cat6 cable?

Cat6 is capable of handling data transfer speeds at up to 1000 mbs or even 10000 on shorter control cables , this top speed is ten times faster the 1000 mbs obtained from a cat5e cable. Category 6 network cables where designed for faster Gigabit networks, they have a thicker core which offers less resistance for the information passing through and thus offer higher speeds. Whilst you may not necessarily obtain higher speeds it's still a good idea to opt for a Cat 6, if your equipment or network is not capable of these speeds, you may still benefit from the thicker cable core.

Cat6 cables look identical to Cat5e, they have the same type of RJ45 plugs which consist of 8 pins. A Cat6 cable is compatible with any network that uses a Cat5e, Cat5 or Cat3. To be certified as cat6 compatible, the cables have to meet higher specifications, these aim to reduce crosstalk (interference caused by electrical magnetic interference).

The maximum length of Cat6 cables is 100 meters. You may struggle to find a ready made lead at this length. A quick search of popular internet web retailers suggest the longest off the shelf rubber cable available is 50 meters. If your situation requires 100 meters you will probably have to purchase a reel of installation cable and assemble your own. This type of installation cable can be bought on reels up to 300 meters.

Cat6 can provide a simple and cost effective way of squeezing out that extra bit of speed from your sluggish internet connection and should be seriously considered as your first option for upgrading. You should expect to pay a little more for Cat6 cables. A quick internet search of computer peripherals suppliers shows 5 meter category 6 electrical power cables available for as little as eight pounds in the UK with many offering next day delivery.

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