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What kind of network cables do you guys use?  I am going to upgrade my network to Cat6a cables.  Should I get shielded or unshielded?  Will it make a difference?

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I am still with shielded Cat5e as my network does not share files across to other devices so I do not need higher than 1Gb

 

Cat 6 has a tighter twist I am not having any noise issues at the moment if I do I will upgrade to 6 myself.

 

I would go with shielded.

 

Here is a good article what is-the-difference-between-ethernet-cables
 



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I use CAT 6 cables for connecting devices to my switch.  I use Cat 5e cables between the internet devices (i.e. modem to router to switch and switch to powerlines adapters).



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I am still with shielded Cat5e as my network does not share files across to other devices so I do not need higher than 1Gb

 

Cat 6 has a tighter twist I am not having any noise issues at the moment if I do I will upgrade to 6 myself.

 

I would go with shielded.

 

Here is a good article what is-the-difference-between-ethernet-cables
 

I always liked that article, pretty straightforward and easy for people to understand the difference between them.


frustrated I just got a new NETDUMA, and I can't connect, how do I get the password for the Wi-Fi

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What kind of network cables do you guys use?  I am going to upgrade my network to Cat6a cables.  Should I get shielded or unshielded?  Will it make a difference?

Thanks

 

I actually use this cables.

 

https://www.amazon.c...0?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

I dont know much about cables but i found those cables rather convenient compare to those other ones. 



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Can't go wrong with monoprice either. Prices are pretty reasonable. 



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I usually use cat6A cables for each network and its really amazing. Works better than the rest.



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I'm using cat6... shielded or not, no idea.



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I've swapped mine out for Cat6 FTP (foil shielded) cables a while ago as I planned to move to a FTTP ISP as soon as they started taking orders in my street, and wanted something that could both handle gigabit and provide decent protection from interference as my cable runs a long way past quite a few electronics and whatnot. I've got a short Cat6 twisted pair solid core RJ11 to RJ45 cable between my wall socket and modem, then the 15m Cat6 FTP ethernet cable from modem to R1 which is upstairs, and a 1m cable of the same type and brand from R1 to PS4.

As far as I know fully shielded cables (is that STP or S/FTP or what, I can never remember) are only really recommended for industrial settings where there'd be large amounts of EMI, and they need to be grounded. I doubt they'd be useful in a home network.

Edit: mine say FTP on so I guess that's F/UTP.

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I use Cat6 shielded
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I've swapped mine out for Cat6 FTP (foil shielded) cables a while ago as I planned to move to a FTTP ISP as soon as they started taking orders in my street, and wanted something that could both handle gigabit and provide decent protection from interference as my cable runs a long way past quite a few electronics and whatnot. I've got a short Cat6 twisted pair solid core RJ11 to RJ45 cable between my wall socket and modem, then the 15m Cat6 FTP ethernet cable from modem to R1 which is upstairs, and a 1m cable of the same type and brand from R1 to PS4.

As far as I know fully shielded cables (is that STP or S/FTP or what, I can never remember) are only really recommended for industrial settings where there'd be large amounts of EMI, and they need to be grounded. I doubt they'd be useful in a home network.

Edit: mine say FTP on so I guess that's F/UTP.

Mine say U/UTP, so unshielded.



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Mine say U/UTP, whatever that means lol.


Should just be fully unshielded twisted pair lol

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Should just be fully unshielded twisted pair lol

Yeah, I Googled it then edited ;)



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Yeah, I Googled it then edited ;)


That'll teach me for being too speedy. Now I look like a muppet, cheers ;)

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That'll teach me for being too speedy. Now I look like a muppet, cheers ;)

Yup :D



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Unless your jacks are shielded, using shielded cat 5 or 6 cable is a waste and might actually perform worse and introduce noise on your cabling. There really is no need to use CAT shielded cable in a home setting.



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i use cat6a, A+ quality



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Hmm, I did a quick google search and found links for not properly grounding Shielded UTP saying it is a myth and stating it CAN cause EMI issues.  From what I know shielded UTP was designed to to be grounded on one end. 

I work in the electronics field and my company has data cable every where and places I would think have high EMI noise and they only use Unshielded CAT 6 cabling.  

Maybe EMI is different in the UK but here in the US, 95% of residential homes do not need any shielded comm cabling properly grounded or not.

 

https://www.leviton....quiresCat6A.pdf

 

https://forum.allabo...h-ground.71926/

 

https://itm-componen...rsus-unshielded

 

Any way I use both Cat5E and Cat 6 cabling on my network.






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