Ethernet cable

From: Chad Smith 
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Ok - i'm in need of about 30 feet of new ethernet cable, and I was
googling, and I'm finding Cat5e 50 foot lengths - with ends - for under
$5.00 including shipping.

Should I be suspicious, or is that about right?

And is Cat6 more reliable than Cat5?  I know I will never come close to
maxing out the speed of Cat5, since I'm not in GigCity.

*- Chad W. Smith*

=============================================================== From: John Aldrich ------------------------------------------------------ Well, my take on Cat 5 vs Cat 6 depends on whether you're going be operating in a high EMF area. If you are, you might want to either use shielded or Cat 6. Then again, I'm no networking expert, but AIUI the theory of cat 6, is that it's tighter twists so there's less interference, and thus you can get higher speeds. Cat 5E can get you GigE over short distances, but for longer distances you really need the Cat 6, I believe. I was going to suggest that the $5 price range you might get some pretty lousy quality cable. That being said, Amazon has Belkin cables for that price, so maybe it's not so bad. Still, I'd recommend going with a name brand cable over a no-name, just to be on the safe side.

=============================================================== From: Dave Brockman ------------------------------------------------------ -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 $4.98-$5.50 (depending on color) is what I see from my supplier for non-plenum CAT5e 50' patch cables. I'd say you're probably right for wholesale. I have literally bought and sold thousands of these without a single one defective that I am aware of. YMMV. Regards, dtb - -- "Some things in life can never be fully appreciated nor understood unless experienced firsthand. Some things in networking can never be fully understood by someone who neither builds commercial networking equipment nor runs an operational network." RFC 1925 -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v2.0.17 (MingW32) Comment: Using GnuPG with Mozilla - http://www.enigmail.net/ iEYEARECAAYFAlBkzwsACgkQABP1RO+tr2T1KgCghawaKlj/J+PX0xUmBvXpYXZy 7+AAnAq25IUp3QhG0e3lojeUuVN9PsMj =TwvD -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----

=============================================================== From: Carlos McGhee ------------------------------------------------------ Get it -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 $4.98-$5.50 (depending on color) is what I see from my supplier for non-plenum CAT5e 50' patch cables. I'd say you're probably right for wholesale. I have literally bought and sold thousands of these without a single one defective that I am aware of. YMMV. Regards, dtb - -- "Some things in life can never be fully appreciated nor understood unless experienced firsthand. Some things in networking can never be fully understood by someone who neither builds commercial networking equipment nor runs an operational network." RFC 1925 -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v2.0.17 (MingW32) Comment: Using GnuPG with Mozilla - http://www.enigmail.net/ iEYEARECAAYFAlBkzwsACgkQABP1RO+tr2T1KgCghawaKlj/J+PX0xUmBvXpYXZy 7+AAnAq25IUp3QhG0e3lojeUuVN9PsMj =TwvD -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----

=============================================================== From: Mike Harrison ------------------------------------------------------ On your home network, unless something is really broken you won't notice any differences. What I typically spend an extra buck or two on is nicer ends, there is are plugs that use 3 prongs that don't get loose from the wire easily, and there are retainers that kinda help get not get snagged. Not hoods, a design where the bendy tab part loops back. Every once in a while, I find a high quality very flexible small-ish ethernet cable with good ends that I stash in my laptop/travel bag... And someone seems to always like it more than I do and borrows it. Permanently. But at $5.. Buy two.

=============================================================== From: Chad Smith ------------------------------------------------------ Thanks for the input everybody. Pulls the trigger. [That's me - straining at a gnat - spends hours considering which $5 ethernet cable to buy - owns no less than 5 different tablets...] *- Chad W. Smith*