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Which cable (CAT5, CAT6 and CAT6A ) should I use for switch, router and servers connection ? Any difference ? Tks
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8/22/2022 - Mon
Dave Baldwin

CAT5E is rated for Gigabit speeds and may be easier to work with than CAT6.  Links to CAT6 on this page too: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category_5_cable
Ganesh Anand

CAT-5 is rated to 100 Mhz
CAT-5e is rated to 350 Mhz
CAT-6 and CAT6e is rated to 550 Mhz or 1000 Mhz depending on your source
CAT-7 is rated to 700 Mhz or 1000 Mhz

Here are the basic difference : http://pctechgo.hubpages.com/hub/Basic-Differences-Between-Category-cat5e-cat6-cat6e-and-6a-network-cables
Mal Osborne

Assuming you are running Gigabit or slower, and have no plans for anything faster, any of these will be fine. Usually, Cat5E is cheapest and easiest.
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Jackie Man

Agreed.

Unless you have or plan to upgrade all networking equipment to 10Gb standard, there is no need to use CAT 6 or above.

CAT 5e and CAT 6 have not much difference if you use them in your server room.
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