There is a great deal of confusion among cable buyers concerning whether to use Cat5e or Cat6 cabling.

Most of the confusion among Cat 5e and Cat 6 Cabling comes from a misunderstanding by the buyer that buying Cat6 cable will give them an “all gigabit” network. This is not the case. Unless every single component in the network is gigabit-rated, you will never have a gigabit network, because your network will always run at the speed of your slowest device.

In most cases, it makes more sense to go with Cat5e.

Cat5e cable of good quality can run near or at gigabit speeds, it just cannot be “certified” for this use. By comparison, Cat6 is designed especially for gigabit use, and is certified to operate at said speed. It becomes a matter of whether or not you want to pay extra money, for little or no noticeable improvement in the performance of you network. It is for this reason that most new installations in the private sector are going with Cat5e. It is more economical, performs well, and is readily available in many colors. Many IT professionals when asked about why they specified Cat6 for a specific job, often responded stated that they “wanted the best they could get.” This is the line of thought behind many purchases of cable. Often, the average consumer is not aware that there is no real benefit to choosing Cat6, so they let someone talk them in to buying it.

Let’s discuss what Cat 5e and Cat 6 cabling option are best for your needs.

At Time Business Systems we will be happy to talk through all of the cabling options that we can offer in order to help you make the right choice for you and your business. We offer free consultations on your cabling requirements and will also provide you with a free quote on the cable and installation and termination of your Cat5e or Cat 6 cable.

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