How to tell if a ethernet cable is CAT5 or CAT5E

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  1. LongN

    LongN Senior member

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    i am planning on implementing a gigabit router in my home and plan on getting CAT5E cables to utilize the speed and was wondering how can you tell if an ethernet cable is CAT5 or CAT5E. I may of bought some CAT5E cables but how can I tell which cables for me to keep and which ones to put away.
     
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  3. nightowl

    nightowl Golden Member

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    Regular Cat5 will support GigE. However, unless your cables are fairly old, chances are they are Cat5e cables. As far as checking, take a look at the printing on the cable. Almost all cable that I have seen has some sort of identification as to which type of cable it is.
     
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    yea it will show what type of cable it is on the outer shielding. If you are buying cables in the near future, you have a 99.99% chance of getting a CAT5e cable. The only reason you wouldnt would be if you are getting your equipment from a store in the middle of nowhere :p
     
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    By buying CAT6.

     
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    Startech makes generally good stuff, but I don't trust flat patch cables.
     
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    I wouldn't trust flat cables but if they meet 5e spec I got no argument. unless I had a meter to measure and test them.
     
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    They would be OK up to about 1' (One).