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    What the different between Cat.5 and Cat.6 UTP cable ??

    Just wonder what's the different Yesterday i out for some cable, but the shop is out of Cat.5 so they give me the Cat.6 one instead, and it take ages to fit in the Rj45 connector i have, feel like the wires are bigger, is it so or just me being clumsy :|

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    Cat6 is a right bugger to work with - cat5e is pretty much as good in nearly every circumstance where I've tried it. You can also get problems with cat6 in short runs (under 10m) with massive packet loss. I know several cable companies and they pretty much refuse to work with the stuff - for the extra they charge to fit it you might as well get fibre kit in.

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    Plus, you're not really meant to bend Cat6 so it's ultra stiff stuff

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    I've heard of some cross compatibility issues too, but Im not quite sure.

    Quote Originally Posted by KeZZeR
    Plus, you're not really meant to bend Cat6 so it's ultra stiff stuff
    Stop it your turning me on

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    Thanks for the answers

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    Quote Originally Posted by robertirwin
    ...You can also get problems with cat6 in short runs (under 10m) with massive packet loss...
    Really?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeZZeR
    Plus, you're not really meant to bend Cat6 so it's ultra stiff stuff
    sure your not confusing that with solid core? (which can be Cat 5 as well...)

    Also wtf? at the under10m comment...explain please...
    Twigman

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twigman
    ...Also wtf? at the under10m comment...explain please...
    Just what I was wondering.. I use 0.5m - 3m Cat6 patches for all my Gig links simply because I can get them cheaper than C5E equivalents.. Never had a problem, tbh.

    All the Cat6 I've worked with, both Stranded for patches and solid for punchdowns/sockets, have had the poly shield/separator running through it, so that might give 'extra stiffness' I guess... Hmmmm.... That's an idea.. <runs off to tell girlfriend>

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    Last edited by BlueMagician; 13-04-2005 at 06:08 PM.

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    yeah shielded stuff is obviously harder to bend cause you have that tinfoil metally stuff in it...
    most people end up dealing with stranded just cause its easier to manipulate etc in cables.
    SOld is only used for fixed cabling in walls/shafts etc as you say.
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