Cat 6 Or Cat 7 Network Cable

whats the best ethernet cable to get for faster speed cat 6 or cat 7

thanks

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CAT5e would be more than adequate for home use, but if you're installing it I'd use CAT6 for future proofing.

either allow 10gigabit networks, which most people don't need.

cat 6 isnt certified for 10GBE, Cat 7 is -and with there not being a big difference in price - get the CAT 7, thats what I am fitting over Christmas.

Gentle_Giant

cat 6 isnt certified for 10GBE, Cat 7 is -and with there not being a big … cat 6 isnt certified for 10GBE, Cat 7 is -and with there not being a big difference in price - get the CAT 7, thats what I am fitting over Christmas.


what a waste of money

HamanBasher

what a waste of money




Versus the waste of time spent ripping it out and replacing in in a few years time when you want/need cat 7.

Plan ahead is my motto, 5/10GBE gear is coming down to consumer level prices right now, so in a year or so it will be fitted to the top models of consumer brands like Netgear, Asus, TPLInk etc, and the year after to the budget end gear like DLink and the better ISP freebies.

The cat 7e stuff I bought was only ~10% more than cat 6.

Gentle_Giant

cat 6 isnt certified for 10GBE, Cat 7 is -and with there not being a big … cat 6 isnt certified for 10GBE, Cat 7 is -and with there not being a big difference in price - get the CAT 7, thats what I am fitting over Christmas.



I though Cat6a was designed to support 10GBE

I use cat5e as that is what I can steal from work. It's never been the bottle neck and can't see it will be for many years. If and when work start using fast cable then I'll upgrade.

You're not guaranteed 10gbit on cat 6a or cat 7 as cable specs aren't quite regulated and a lot of sellers sell crap and this is before CCA and half hearted twisted cables. I've gone for solid core 100% copper shielded cat 6a but I'm too cheap to but shielded keystone jacks and properly terminate it with the drain. I've had cat 5e running 120MB/s (1gbit) transfers on my old network using a semi managed switch and large file SSD to HDD but it would kill my router after about 2 minutes.

I wouldn't touch cat 7 unless you're pro, cat 6a is a little better than cat5e but in general use cat5e is a bit more robust.

p.s. 10gbit kit is really expensive and isn't coming down it price any time soon.
Edited by: "kester76" 15th Dec 2016
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