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Ensure the best connectivity on your network, audio-visual system or computers with the highest quality CAT5e and CAT6 network cables.

Different network cable types

Cat 5e - This is the oldest, slowest and most affordable networking cable. And while we say "slow", Cat5e can usually achieve speeds up to 1 Gigabit/s. To put this in perspective, most modern ADSL2+ connects are 100mb/s, so a Cat5e is a fine choice for home networking or small offices. They can usually transmit up to 90 meters in length.

Cat 6 - Usually able to perform up to 10 Gigabit/s. Which is over 10x the transmit rate of Cat5e. So they're an excellent option for those performing advanced amounts of networking, video over network or running servers. The disadvantage to Cat6 is that they're typically limited to 50m. So they're not really an option if you're trying to network a granny flat or shed.

Cat 6a - Like Cat 6, Cat 6a is also capable of delivering up to 10 Gigabit/s, however, these can also perform well over long distances. Cat6a used in all professional or enterprise environments - or for anyone trying to future proof the decision.

10 Gigabit is extremely fast and it's unlikely any home or small office will ever utilise the maximum speed. For this reason, Cat6a is still used instead of fiber for the majority of projects.

In summary - For most people, Cat5e is perfectly fine, as it's likely to be faster than your internet anyway. For advanced users or professional environments, use Cat 6 or higher. It just comes down the the project and how long you're intending on using the network cabling.

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