(desteven @ Jan 18 2005, 01:13 PM) Such a noob question, but, is the only difference between these 2 cables the transmission speed? Are the wire pairs colored and configured the same way as per the 568-a/b standards?
Take a look at this. This will tell all the differences between Cat 3, Cat 5, cat 5e and cat 6.
As far as the color configuration is concerned. Cat 3 I believe only has 3 pair of wires. However Cat 5 has 4 pair of wires. Ethernet cables require 8 wires. So that may be part of the problem.http://discountcablesusa.com/ethernet-cables100.html