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Networking F.A.Q. Frequently Asked Questions

Networking F.A.Q.



Networking F.A.Q.
(Frequently Asked Questions).


  1. What is the difference between your Cat5e and Cat6 Cables?
  2. Some of your network cables say Crossover. How do I know which cable to buy?
  3. Can I run my network cable outside?
  4. You sell Bulk Network cable in Solid and Stranded. What is the difference?
  5. What is the difference between the Tool-Type and Tool-Less Keystone Jacks?




1.
What is the difference between your Cat5e and Cat6 Cables? top
The first thing you should know, is that both Cat5e and Cat6 Cables are capable of Gigabit Ethernet. Cat6 physically has another twist per inch in the making of the cable. Some cat6 cabling will even have a separate piece inside the cable to keep the strands separate. This is not part of the spec, but it's a bonus. The second thing is the signal to noise ratio. Cat6 is less noisy than Cat5e. Although it may not be noticeable to you, it can be to your computer. During the transmission of data between the network, some data packets can be corrupted or lost. This requires the information to be resent. The better the signal to noise ratio, the less errors or packet loss there will be.


2.
Some of your network cables say Crossover. How do I know which cable to buy? top
The difference between regular patch cables and crossover cables is both the wiring and their usage. The wiring on a crossover cable has pins 1, 2, 3 and 6 "crossed" to pins 3, 6, 1 and 2. Usually you would use a crossover cable to connect two PC's together without a switch, router or hub. This would basically create a 2 machine peer-to-peer network that would allow you to do simple file sharing.

3.
Can I run my network cable outside? top
Regular network cables are not rated for outdoor use. They are not built to withstand the heat and cold flucuations, not to mention moisture or animals chewing on the cable. However, usually you can run the cable inside conduit found at your local home improvement store. The other option is to purchase Direct Burial cable. This cable is usually gel or powder filled, and does not normally need to be run in conduit. Although it can be expensive (and not fun to work with either), it is better for a permanent solution that just replacing your non-outdoor rated cable every year. The maximum single cable run is 100 meters (333 feet).

4.
You sell Bulk Network cable in Solid and Stranded. What is the difference? top
Stranded Network Cable is cable made up of several strands of copper wires for each of the 8 data wires. Solid Network Cable is made of one piece of copper wire for each data wire. Most of the time, patch cables are made using stranded wire, which is more flexible to work with, and the solid wire is usually used inside walls for installation.

5.
What is the difference between the Tool-Type and Tool-Less Keystone Jacks? top
The Tool-Type Keystone Jacks require a punch down tool. This is what a lot of installers use. For people that are only doing a few around the house, the Tool-Less is usually preferred as you don't need to buy and expensive tool, and it's a bit faster. Some installers will argue that the Tool-Type are less prone to problems.




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