CAT5… CAT6.. CAT6e? … wait CAT7? yes… there’s a CAT8 too!
Which cable to use? Well there are some technical differences between them all. The key components you will want to know is the throughput the cable will allow and the maximum distance.
Here’s a list of the most commonly used cables…
Cat5 – supports speeds up to 100Mb/s (100 MHz)
Cat5e – supports speeds up to a Gigabit Ethernet (1,000Mb/s) (100 MHz)
Cat6 – supports speeds up to 10 Gigabit Ethernet and can be achieved with distance of 37-55 meters or less depending on the grade of the cable and quality of installation. (1,000Mb/s) (250 MHz)
Cat6A – supports speeds up to 10 Gigabit Ethernet with distance up to 100 meters (10,000 Mb/s)(500 MHz)
Cat7 & Cat7A – support speeds up to 10 Gigabit Ethernet with distance up to 100 meters (10,000 Mb/s)(1000 Mhz)
For cost and compatibility for most devices, consoles and gaming tech we recommend CAT6. Cat6 cable is optimal for extra margin and higher performance.