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Created On: 01/18/2005 04:13 PM
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 01/18/2005 04:13 PM
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desteven
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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?

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 01/18/2005 04:31 PM
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merlin371
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cat3 are made for 10Mbps connection cat5 for 100Mbps
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There also exists CAT6 which is for 1000MB/s. I do believe CAT5e will work with 1000MB/s too.

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 01/18/2005 05:11 PM
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QUOTE (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?

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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.

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 01/18/2005 06:38 PM
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The biggest difference between the specs is the amount of twist they put in the pairs of wires. The tighter the twist, the less noise you will get on a long run of pairs.

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