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Cat5 vs Cat5e vs Cat6
HAPPYCAT83
Newbie

Just received a new dsl router GT70-WGB and I need a 25' ethernet cable to connect a new pc to the router.  After searching for a retailer I found out there are 3 versions of the ethernet cable, cat5, 5e, and Cat6.   Are all 3 interchangeable?  Or  in other words do all 3 have the same connector.  I was going to pick up Cat5e but the retailer only had Cat6 and I didn't want to spend that kind of money only to have to bring it back.  

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Re: Cat5 vs Cat5e vs Cat6
dslr595148
Super User
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While there are differences between them, to answer your question.


@HAPPYCAT83 wrote:

Just received a new dsl router GT70-WGB and I need a 25' ethernet cable to connect a new pc to the router.  After searching for a retailer I found out there are 3 versions of the ethernet cable, cat5, 5e, and Cat6.   Are all 3 interchangeable?  Or  in other words do all 3 have the same connector.  I was going to pick up Cat5e but the retailer only had Cat6 and I didn't want to spend that kind of money only to have to bring it back.  


Yes, all 3 are interchangeable (have the same type of connector).

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As to what the differences are, I point you to

http://www.networkcablingdirectory.com/articles/structured-network-cabling-id_1151.htm

That was found by searching Google for Cat5 vs Cat5e vs Cat6

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Re: Cat5 vs Cat5e vs Cat6
dslr595148
Super User
Super User

While there are differences between them, to answer your question.


@HAPPYCAT83 wrote:

Just received a new dsl router GT70-WGB and I need a 25' ethernet cable to connect a new pc to the router.  After searching for a retailer I found out there are 3 versions of the ethernet cable, cat5, 5e, and Cat6.   Are all 3 interchangeable?  Or  in other words do all 3 have the same connector.  I was going to pick up Cat5e but the retailer only had Cat6 and I didn't want to spend that kind of money only to have to bring it back.  


Yes, all 3 are interchangeable (have the same type of connector).

--

As to what the differences are, I point you to

http://www.networkcablingdirectory.com/articles/structured-network-cabling-id_1151.htm

That was found by searching Google for Cat5 vs Cat5e vs Cat6

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