Cat5e and Cat6 what's the difference

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  1. lizardking

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    The short answer is that for just about all of your blinky networking cat5e is all you need. To the best of my knowledge none of the E1.31 controllers use gigabit ethernet so you don't need the extra speed capability. In some electrically noisy environments you MAY see some benefit using cat6 but it's unlikely.
    Where you will see some benefit using cat6 cable is if you are using power over ethernet as the cat6 cable is thicker and thus there is a lower voltage drop. Similarly if you are using cat6 cable for powering dumb elements then you will get less voltage drop when using cat6 over cat5/cat5e.
     

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