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Ethernet Cable - Choosing the Right Cable

April 13, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 242

If you are setting up a home network then you will likely need to use cabling. Determining which type of cable you need requires you to spend a little time considering the capacity you need for your particular network. For instance, a home that work will generally a lower capacity need than a business. The number of computers that are transferring data, video or audio file simultaneously will give you an idea of how high a capacity you have. It is generally a good idea to overestimate your needs rather than to experience the frustration later on of finding out that you estimated too low.

Spending a little time understanding the specifications of the different piece of equipment that you intend to use will give you a good idea of the speed you need. It is a good idea to keep in mind that your network will operate at a maximum speed of your slowest device. You will also need to measure the distance for your individual network. Most experts recommend that Cat-6 cables utilize a repeater if they are going to cover a distance of more than 100 m at gigabit speeds.

Your budget may also be a concern when it comes to purchasing an Ethernet cable. For relatively short distances, the cost of Ethernet cable may not be that great if you're choosing between Cat-5e and Cat-6. If, on the other hand, you are going to be running Ethernet cable over extended distances then the cost of the different types of Ethernet cable can cause your costs to go up substantially. As with capacity, you will want to overestimate the amount of Ethernet cable that you need rather than trying to get exactly the right amount only to find that you end up just short.

When purchasing there are also a couple of other things to keep in mind. If your cables are going to be exposed then you may want to try to find ones that will match the colour of the wall or floor. It is also a good idea to double check to make sure that the network equipment you are using is designed for Ethernet cables rather than FireWire or USB connections. Although you should overestimate the length of the cable that you need, exceptionally long cables can result in a decrease in performance. Unfortunately, short cables often have a higher per meter cost.

The author has experience in Ethernet Cable and Ethernet Cables.

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