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Ethernet cable or cat5 cable?

Discussion in 'Networks & Internet Connectivity' started by CurlyWhirly, 11 May 2006.

  1. CurlyWhirly

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 24 May 2003

    Posts: 1,429

    Location: UK

    I currently use Ethernet cable but I find that it is too long and so I was browsing a few hardware websites and saw that I can buy cat5 cabling which is 30" in length which is ideal for me.
    The Ethernet cable I am currently using is 2 metres in length!

    Which is the best quality cabling, Ethernet or cat5 or are they both the same?
     
  2. Luseac

    Mobster

    Joined: 23 Jun 2005

    Posts: 3,751

    Location: York

    They are the same :)
     
  3. CurlyWhirly

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 24 May 2003

    Posts: 1,429

    Location: UK

    I will buy the cat5 cabling then as it's a lot shorter and will enable me to get rid of the excess cabling.

    At the moment I have the Ethernet cable dangling across the floor and it's a mess :o

    I was just wondering if one was better quality than the other like for example better shielding but, apparently, these are just different names for the same item.

    Thanks :)
     
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    Sgarrista

    Joined: 7 Dec 2005

    Posts: 7,767

    Location: Wiltshire

    your ethernet cable more than likely is cat5 or mabe cat5e the only difference is length
     
  5. Clarkey

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 18,231

    cat5e has been the standard for a long time, can't remember the last time I saw regular cat5.
     
  6. CurlyWhirly

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 24 May 2003

    Posts: 1,429

    Location: UK

    Yes shorter is neater ;)


    I just checked and it is cat5e not cat5 :)