CAT 5e Network Cable – Exploring Computer Network Cables

CAT 5e Network Cable

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This page has been written to simply explain what the Cat 5e Network Cable is and the different ways you can use it.

There are a number of different categories of ethernet cables, one of which is the RJ-45 Cat 5e cable.

The Cat 5e cable is the most popular network cable around and is easily the most common in home and office networks. Cat 5e cables are also certified to run at Gigabit speeds, so if you want a faster network, make sure you look at getting these cables, as well as getting a Gigabit certified router and network cards.



Specifications of the Cat 5e Ethernet Cable

Cat-5 cabling supports frequencies of up to 350 Mhz and speeds of up to 1000 Mbps (one gigabyte per second). The Cat-5e Cable is unsheilded wire containing four pairs of 24-gauge twisted copper pairs, terminating in an RJ-45 jack.

CAT5e cables are easily the most common and popular ethernet cables being used.

However, for the majority Cat5e cables are the normality, as these have fixed a few little issues that came along with the Cat5 cable. Cat5e cables also support the faster speeds of 1000Mbit (or Gigabit) connections.

For more specific information on the Cat5e Cable go to Wikipedia.

Uses for Cat 5e Cables

Cat-5e network cables can be used for 1000Base-T, 100Base-T & 10Base-T networking, as well as voice cabling, ATM and token ring.

There are two types of Cat5e cables. One of them is a cross-over cable that is used to connect two devices directly to eachother, eg. a PC directly to another PC or a Hub to another Hub.

However, the majority of Cat5e cables are straight through cables, and these are used to connect computers to hubs and switches. You can read more about this on the computer network cable page.

CAT5e Cables Summary

  • CAT5e Cables can either be crossover or straight through cables
  • CAT5e cables are the most popular ethernet cables.
  • CAT5e Network Cables support frequencies of up to 350 Mhz and speeds of up to 1000 Mbps.


Well I hope that through this article you have managed to understand what the Cat 5e Network Cable is and how you can use it in your home or office network.


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