Is it just me or does it seems like everything is connected online these days? And we are talking about more than just the fact that everyone has a cell phone. The Internet of Things is a real phenomenon and it is only the beginning.
Of course, in order for the Internet of Things to remain connected and effective all of your devices have to be connected to the internet. And although your home might have a powerful wireless network, your router still has to connect to the wall, where the network is channeled in. Some of your devices might also still be tethered by wires, too.
With that in mind, then, here are the types of cables and Keystone Jacks associated with your networked devices.
CAT5 Networking Cable
The Cat5 is probably the oldest type of networking cable still used today; they are nearly obsolete, anymore. At the time they were introduced they were regarded as the fastest networking cables available, but since then the industry has developed much faster cables. To put this into perspective, CAT5 Networking cables are only capable of handling speeds no faster than 10/100 Mbps, at the 100 MHz bandwidth. If you have a device that needs these networking cables, in particular, it may be time to upgrade; trying to find a replacement cable is not going to be easy. And besides, if your device really does use CAT5 networking cable, it is also outdated and will soon be obsolete (if it is not already).
CAT5e Networking Cable
Not quite as old as the CAT5 networking cable, the CAT5e is an “enhanced” version. It is not the newest type of cable, but it does improve upon the CAT5 networking cable, upgrading the speeds to 100 Mbps at the 100 MHz bandwidth. It is a reasonable step up if you are making the transition from outdated devices.
CAT6 Networking Cable
Finally, we have the CAT6 networking cable. This is, obviously, faster and better than both the CAT5 and the CAT5e networking cables. CAT6 networking cables offer speeds of 10 Gigabit Ethernet speeds at the 250 MHz bandwidth. In addition, though, these cables have other benefits: inside each cable is a signal separator which isolates pairs for crosstalk prevention. Basically, they reduce electronic interference for a higher quality connection; and that makes them not only the newest and fastest cables on the market, but definitely the best.