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I am wiring my new construction house, want to have ports for ethernet cable at smart TV locations and a few placed through out the house.

 

 

Do i go with Cat 5e, Cat 6 or Cat 6a

 

Can all of these be set to be used as a phone jack to if I run multiple to a jack location?

 

Usage would be for smart TV to stream netflix, other usage would be for computer for some gaming online and PS4 online gaming to.

 

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For standard network usage, cat-6 cable is more than adequate and comes at an extremely low price jump in comparison to cat-5e.
 

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If you go with CAT 6, be sure to use CAT 6 connectors. It's a heavier gauge wire than CAT 5.


I also recommend 6PC connectors for your phones. It will prevent someone from trying to use a LAN cable in a phone jack. Seen it happen. I used to use 2 pair cable for phones. Hardly anyone has more than 2 separate phone lines anymore. CAT Cable has 4 pairs. It makes a neater job because you end up folding back the other 2 unused pairs. If you don't want to buy 2 pair, use the 4 pair. Any how, that's how I used to do it.
 

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so there is no need for Cat 6a, just use Cat 6?

 

 

Cat 6 is an upgrade from Cat 5E, correct?

 

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I am a CI, have been doing this for 9 years. We do large residential HD video distribution systems and Ethernet for automation systems, smart electronics, etc.


I have never seen Cat6a.
 

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Originally Posted by antney79  /t/1525681/which-cat-cable#post_24565196


so there is no need for Cat 6a, just use Cat 6?



Cat 6 is an upgrade from Cat 5E, correct?


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Cat 6 is a significant upgrade from cat-5e and is used for 10Gb Ethernet capabilities.


While you can use 6a or 6STP, there really isn't any obvious reason to do so for any runs. There certainly are some cabling advantages, but the same could be said for cat-7 or fiber. At some point you draw the line for how much quality you are asking for in your home setup.


You really want to be serious, then go with fiber.
 

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I am building my new house now and my electrician is bringing the new underground electrical service to the new house. When he does this he plans on running the rg6 coax and cat5 cable. If I plan on running cat 6 inside the house does it matter what my electrician puts in or should that be cat 6 too?



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Why is the electrician putting in cat5? For phone? Or data? I would run multiple cat6 (maybe with some cat5) to each room if possible.
 

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^^^^ Yeah, I would just use solid core CAT-6 for everything with 8P8C connectors. Make sure there aren't any bends in the cable and USE CONDUIT! If you don't, you'll be sorry later on if you have to fix/update a cable. And I'd run at least one more cable that you think you need or, at the very least, run a pull-string in the conduit for future cable pulls/repairs.
 

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Originally Posted by Otto Pylot  /t/1525681/which-cat-cable/0_40#post_24602891


^^^^ Yeah, I would just use solid core CAT-6 for everything with 8P8C connectors. Make sure there aren't any bends in the cable and USE CONDUIT! If you don't, you'll be sorry later on if you have to fix/update a cable. And I'd run at least one more cable that you think you need or, at the very least, run a pull-string in the conduit for future cable pulls/repairs.
Run the wires you think you'll need and run an EMPTY conduit for future use.
 
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