Network Cable

Discussion in 'Computer Networking and Servers' started by birkssam, Nov 16, 2016.

  1. birkssam

    birkssam New Member

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    Hi guys,

    I have few questions about network cables. Can network cable affect internet speed? Are there different types(quality) of networking cables?

    Thanks!
     
  2. beers

    beers Moderator Staff Member

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    Hello,

    It 'depends' really. Older standards like Cat5 were rated up to 100 mbit. If your Internet speed is below that then it wouldn't matter. Otherwise Cat5e/Cat6 are rated for 1000 mbit. You would also need gigabit interfaces on each end to achieve that throughput. If you have a damaged or poorly terminated cable then it can introduce errors on the line which would cause packet loss and a decrease of 'speed'. Most off the shelf cables are pretty synonymous for how you'd be using them, though.
     
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  3. Geoff

    Geoff VIP Member

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    Are you saying there's no reason to buy gold plated Monster ethernet cables? I thought they had more GeeBees
     
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  4. beers

    beers Moderator Staff Member

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    Fun fact, the term 'Monster' refers to the profit margin on their products.
     
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  5. Agent Smith

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    HAHA "gold platted." I remember that was all the rage (and maybe still today) with V/A cables for TV's back in the late 90's. Radio Shack employees sold a crap ton of those to stupid customers.

    Now don't get me wrong. Gold has the least resistance regarding eletrical current and I do own a gold-plated BNC connector for my scanner (the radio type) But that's dealing with RF and not electrical signals. Even then it probably doesn't matter what type of metal the BNC connector is made of. I doubt I even increased signal strength by a dB. LOL! I bought the damn thing over 20 years ago.

    I wonder if gold-platted circuit traces will get me a better FPS because the speed of light can be so much faster! :)

    Has me thinking about radar detectors for cars. Once the cop hits you it's game over. But I bet most don't know that. I guess they can help knowing a cop is there, but why speed anyway? Total waist of money and some of those damn things go for like $400.
     
  6. birkssam

    birkssam New Member

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    So you are telling that there is not much difference in quality... I saw 10 different prices for the same network cable so I wanted to ask if there is any difference.. As you say, I'll try the cheapest CAT6A UTP cable.

    Thanks!
     
  7. beers

    beers Moderator Staff Member

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  8. Laquer Head

    Laquer Head Well-Known Member

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    You dummy, its the Gold and diamond encrusted HDMI 2.0 Extreme.. thats what you need!
     
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  9. birkssam

    birkssam New Member

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    Wow, those are very cheap prices... Do they offer shipping anywhere and what's the cost. I couldn't find more info about that on their page. I planned to order from https://www.bnrindustrial.com.au/collections/network-cables but now when I saw the prices I will definitely order order from Monoprice if they can ship the cables in my country.

    Thanks for the info!
     
  10. Cromewell

    Cromewell Administrator Staff Member

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    They ship to Australia. It's about $13+ whatever import duties you'll incur.
     
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  11. Intel_man

    Intel_man VIP Member

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    But you are wrong. Pure silver has less resistance than gold. You don't plate silver for the connectors because they oxidize whereas gold is more resistant to oxidizing.
     
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  12. Agent Smith

    Agent Smith Well-Known Member

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    That's probably what it was, silver.
     
  13. Intel_man

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    I doubt it's pure silver.You probably at best, bought silver plated cables with gold plated connectors. Which wouldn't have made a difference to the cheap stuff.
     
  14. Agent Smith

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    No! I wasn't saying my BNC connector is silver-plated. LOL I was just agreeing with you that silver has the least resistance.

    No, the BNC connector is gold plated.
     

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