Twister Pair Cables: Cat 5e vs. Cat 6
Cat 5e (Category 5 Enhanced) and Cat 6 (Category 6) are currently the most popular types of twisted pair cables today. Both are typically unshielded and use copper wires. Cat 6 cables cost 20-30% more than Cat 5e cables, but with higher bandwidth, faster speed, and less interference, the Cat 6 cable may stand out to some customers.
|Cat 5e||Cat 6|
|Bandwidth||Up to 100MHz||Up to 250 MHz|
|Speed||1000Mbps||10 Gbps over|
|Standard Gauges||24-26 AWG wire||22-24 AWG wire|
Here’s a quick video comparison of the two cables:
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