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RG59 versus Cat 6 and Cat 5e

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what is the pros and cons of RG59 compared with Cat 6 and Cat 5e?
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RG59 is coaxial cable and CAT5/6 Ethernet are twisted pair. They are not the same thing. Ethernet cable mates with Ethernet connectors in routers and switches and computers. These devices do not have coax inputs and so coax does not apply.

RG59 is fairly old thin insulator coax. RG6 is new, fatter insulation around the center conductor and is faster cable.

However the two things are very different for very different purposes and they are in no way interchangeable.

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As best I can find at the moment, RG59 has only been used for specialized adapters for ethernet.  The original Ethernet used RG58 10BASE2 (which is a different cable) and RG6 10BASE5 for 10Mbps connections.  RG58 is 50 ohm impedance and RG59 is 75 ohms which means they are not interchangeable for high frequency applications.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10BASE2
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@grnow - Thanks and I was happy to help.

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