Just wondering which Ethernet cable is best for hard wiring to the Hitron router for a gaming
computer, 5e, 6 or 6a?
I am happy to hear you are looking to get the most out of the Internet 150 plan.
CAT 5e and 6 are both compatible. Personally, I would say CAT 6 is a better option as it has some more durability aspects and is future proof with current backwards compatibility.
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In terms of online gaming, simply ensuring the laptop/desktop has a 10/100/1000 network card and at least CAT5e cabling should suffice for all of your sons needs.
The only real difference you'll find between the CAT5e and the CAT6 cabling would be from within the home network for data transfers between two or more computers. If your inquiry is simply for internet access and the online gaming portion, CAT5e is both affordable and easy to find.
Hope this answers your question!
Performance difference: likely none at 800 mbps or below.
Great, thank you all for the helpful info regarding Ethernet cables.
I will get a Cat 6 cable that is double insulated with solid copper wire. I'll need one that is 125' to run from my son's room, outside the house and into the family room where the modem is located.
I can get Cat 5e, 6, 6a for around $75 on eBay.
You can also check out websites such as Newegg, TigerDirect and NCIX for inexpensive options for ethernet and other computer components.
Yep just make sure it is outdoor weather-rated and you'll be fine. But for the price of a good weather-rated CAT-6 cable, why not just invest in a good Access Point or something if range is the issue? That way you'd brighten up the weaker side of the house if that's the issue.
Solid copper is better at longer distances, although on quality cables, solid vs stranded shouldn't make a difference. Stranded is more flexible, solid more rigid, depending how/where you are running the cable.
Cat6 will be the best choice for gigabit at that distance.
6a IMO is wasting money.
Also in agreement with kevinds, that you do not need a CAT 6a cables, unless you have 10 Gbit networks, sure. Keep in mind that also 6a is thick.
Another important to note is that you should check your cables because plenty of manufacturer's cables fail to meet the spec which the cable is categorized for.
The cables I get are from Blue Jeans Cable as they test all their cables and it comes with a test report from using a Fluke DTX-1800 tester to ensure the cable meets the specifications.
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