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    Which cable

    I bought myself a new desk yesterday and as a result my modem doesnt reach my pc(well its stood up on books now), hence I need a new networking cable. Was looking on ebuyer but dont know a thing about these cables ie the diff types. Im on cable (ntl 10mb) and I just have my pc connected staright to the modem. The choices I had were for example:
    1. Belkin Cat5e Snagless STP Patch Cable (Green) 1m
    2. Belkin Cat6 Snagless UTP Patch Cable (White) 1m
    3. APC RJ45 Cat 5 Patch Cable Grey 1MTR

    In no. 1 and 2, whats the diff between STP and UTP? Or shud I just be going for the RJ45(no.3)

    Any help wud be great

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    I just want the best one really. They not expensive anyway. I saw this 1 Belkin Cat6 Snagless STP Patch Cable (Black) 1m (http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/56484). Wud that be the best? I gathered STP means shileded twisted pair which must be better than Unshielded I guess?

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    STP - Shielded Twisted Pairs
    UTP - Unshielded Twisted Pairs

    The former is used on LAN backbones and other places where there may be sources of strong electromagnetic interference.

    Basically, whichever is cheaper will work fine (probably 2.).

    *EDIT*: Cat6 is over the top for connecting to a cable modem, any cat5 UTP cable is fine, as long as it's RJ-45 crimped.
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    Ok thanx, theres also 'Booted' and 'Snagless'? I think Ill go for the STP as Ive got a few power cables that wud be running next to it. STP doesnt have any performance downgrade compared to UTP does it?

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    When I mean strong electromagnetic interference, I mean large microwave dishes, industrial power conduits, etc. I have a gigabit network with a few cables running near a max 13A run of power cables, I'm not having any interference problems, so you certainly wont with the 100mbps connection from your computer to your cable modem (most of which wont be used).
    Any Belkin cat5 UTP patch cable will do you fine.

    Booted and snagless means the same thing, they have rubber mounds around the little plastic retention clip to prevent it from getting damaged/snapped when removing the cable from an interface.
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    booted means a rubber mound.

    snagless is often used too describe the quality of the plastic and copper, meaning it won't kink or snag. This i understand is normally due too the property of the plastic insulation, and as such makes it a little more expensive. As such its good for messy people's patch cables.
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    Thanks guys

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