Networking cables such as Ethernet cables, Cat 5 cables, CAT 5e (Category 5 Enhanced) cables and CAT 6 cables are some of the types of cables that are used to connect all computers in the home or office to get a network up and running smoothly.
An Ethernet cable is a type of network cable that interconnects two wired network devices. When it comes to wired networks, it’s one of the most popular types of networking cables. Ethernet cables have the ability to connect networking devices such as a hub, cable modem, DSL modem, network switch or router to a computer or laptop.
Ethernet cables are available in two formats, solid and stranded. Solid Ethernet cables tend to perform better and are less susceptible to electrical interference, while stranded cables are more durable than solid Ethernet cables and less prone to damage from handling, which makes them great portable options.
Industry standards for Ethernet cables include the Cat 5 cable (Category 5), the Category 5e cable (Category 5 Enhanced), and the Cat 6 cable (Category 6). The Cat 5 cable should support up to 10/100 Mbps (data transfer rate of 10 or 100 megabits per second) at up to 100 MHz, but it is the slowest out of the three categories. Though the bandwidth is the same, the Cat 5e cable provides the higher speed network operation suitable for high-speed Gigabit Ethernet at 1000 Mbps at up to 100 MHz. The Cat 5e is the most commonly used type of Ethernet cable. The Cat 6 network cable is the fastest of the three. It supports up to 10 Gbps (10,000 Mbps) over the full 100 meter length. Select Ethernet Cables based on the speed and durability that is needed.