ICTip #6: Twister Pair Cables – Cat 5e vs. Cat 6

Cat 5e and Cat 6 are the most popular types of twisted pair cables today. Let's see them go head-to-head in today's ICTip comparison.

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Twister Pair Cables: Cat 5e vs. Cat 6

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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 5eCat 6
BandwidthUp to 100MHzUp to 250 MHz
Speed1000Mbps10 Gbps over
Standard Gauges24-26 AWG wire22-24 AWG wire

Here’s a quick video comparison of the two cables:

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