Answer: You should stick with the lower priced CAT5e. Cat5e works great for your existing 100BaseT network and in fact was designed to support Gigabit Ethernet (GE). Cat6 is better cable, and it?s true the TIA/EIA spec has not been finalized yet, however, Cat6 is more expensive and comes with a lot of vendor hype. In reality, Cat6 won?t buy much for you. The electrical characteristics are better for increasing signal strength while reducing noise within the cable. However, the advantage for this may never be realized within the scope of today?s applications. The best cable you can buy for the money is Cat5e. Here are the differences:
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