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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Sounds like Roy Kelley has provided a detailed explanation!

Jun 08, 2022 04:36 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

 Both CAT5e and CAT6 can handle speeds of up to 1000 Mbps, or a Gigabit per second. This is more than sufficient for the speed of by far the most internet connections. The chance is small that you currently have an internet connection with which you can achieve up to 500 Mbps speed.

The main difference between CAT5e and CAT6 cable lies within the bandwidth, the cable can support for data transfer. CAT6 cables are designed for operating frequencies up to 250 MHz, compared to 100 Mhz for CAT5e. This means that a CAT6 cable can process more data at the same time. Think of it as the difference between a 2- and a 4-lane highway. On both you can drive the same speed, but a 4-lane highway can handle much more traffic at the same time.

Jun 08, 2022 03:52 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Roy does have a detailed explanation.

Jun 08, 2022 12:11 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Trust Tom's Hardware or Wired.  Don't know this other company.  They're basically the same cable, both will give gigabit speeds over short distances.

Jun 08, 2022 03:50 AM