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Cat5 VS Cat5E

Cat5 and Cat5e are two types of Ethernet cables that are commonly used for networking. Here are some differences between the two:

  1. Speed: Cat5e supports higher speeds than Cat5. Cat5 can support up to 100 Mbps, while Cat5e can support up to 1000 Mbps.
  2. Bandwidth: Cat5e has a higher bandwidth than Cat5. Cat5e can support up to 100 MHz, while Cat5 can only support up to 10 MHz.
  3. Crosstalk: Cat5e has better crosstalk characteristics than Cat5, meaning that it has less interference between wires and can transmit data with less noise.
  4. Distance: Cat5e can transmit data at longer distances than Cat5, up to 100 meters compared to Cat5’s maximum of 90 meters.
  5. Cost: Cat5e is usually more expensive than Cat5, but the cost difference is not significant.

Overall, Cat5e is an improved version of Cat5 and is better suited for high-speed networking applications that require longer distances and higher bandwidth. Cat5 is still used in some applications where lower speeds and shorter distances are sufficient.

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