Ethernet cabling, etc



The diagram in the linked Wikipedia article can convey a lot of technical information, and yet doesn’t give you exactly what you want/need… which cable is used in which case. Basically, in most normal home cases, Cat 5e or Cat 6 will be interchangeable, but 6e (or even 6A now) is more future proof if you intend to have 2.5G, 5G or 10G traffic in the future (when the switches are more cost effective.) The one thing to know is that these cables are more shielded to allow for higher transmission rates, which also makes them slightly more stiff and difficult to route through walls and whatnot. Just FYI if you really want your project done, you can pay someone who specializes in it to come and do a nice job (including with nice wall connectors, etc) and I won’t tell Brad you didn’t do it yourself 😉 Googling for Allentown structured cabling found this company, for example:

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  1. dexman335

    CAT 6A cable isn't, necessarily, shielded. I've installed Systimax 2091B CAT 6A cable in the house and there is no shielding to be found in the bulk cable or the patch cords (also Systimax 6A). ?

    Having said that, I have seen 6A patch cords that are shielded. CAT 7 and above is where shielding really comes into play.