CAT 5e & CAT 6 CABLING
Small Business to Mid-Sized Businesses:
There are two (2) primary choices for Ethernet cabling – Cat. 5e & Cat. 6.
Cat. 5e stands for Category 5 enhanced cabling and is made to support 1000 Mbps “gigabit” speeds. It also was designed to reduce the “crosstalk,” or interference that standard Cat. 5 cables experience. Cat. 5e cables deliver fast, reliable speed.
Cat. 6 cabling is capable of 10-Gigabit speeds and offers extra interference improvements. This speed is typically not necessary for home networks, but small businesses may require this level of cable, depending on network requirements. This is especially true if you are transmitting large files. If you upgrade to Cat. 6 cables, remember that you’ll also need to upgrade to a gigabit-capable router and gigabit-capable network to achieve these speeds.