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Difference in cables?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by notdbritest, Jan 5, 2011.

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  1. notdbritest

    notdbritest Thread Starter

    Jul 26, 2006
    I am in the process of upgrading my AV setup and want to hardwire my satellite box and BlueRay player to my router for movies and various web stuff.

    I'll need about a 40 foot run to get up the wall, across the attic and down to the router. Looking at cable, I see prices all over the place, regardless of being cat5, cat5e, or cat6... I assume the super cheap stuff is selling cheap based on build standards and reliability, and plan on staying away from it.

    From what I've read, I think cat5E is what I need. Is this correct, or do I need to go to cat6? Any particular brand/supplier better or worse than the rest? I understand the difference that winding or the grade of copper can make in the analog realm, but haven't wrapped my mind around how that matters in the digital world.

    Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
  2. geek117


    Nov 12, 2010
    Cat5e is rated for Gigabit speeds, and should do the job just fine. Cat5e is fairly cheap compared to Cat6 if you're purchasing in bulk. Check out Monoprice, and look for something like a 50ft cable. Should run you about $4 or so, plus shipping. If you want to buy bulk cable and keystone jacks, they have these items as well (for very cheap).
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