When deciding on the type of Network wiring one will need to consider Cat 5e wiring versus Cat 6 wiring. The type of cabling used to support your network directly impacts overall performance. Cat 5e and Cat 6e are the most common cable types in residential and small business networks. Both systems work with 1000BASE-T Gigabyte Ethernet and meet ANSI/TIA-586-A standards. Both are backwards compatible to Cat 5 and Cat 3, and support patch cord plug and connector interoperability. Cat 5e is marginally more cost effective, Cat 6e provides greater performance (up to twice the bandwidth) and improves network flexibility.
Cat 6 delivers enhanced signal to noise ratio, providing greater data throughput when compared to Cat 5e. Better signal to noise ratio and data throughput translates into faster downloading and streaming. The improved performance also increases the reliability of premises networks by reducing network errors and associated downtimes. The superior transmission performance and 250MHz bandwidth make it easier to implement emerging applications and new network devices.
Cat 5e versus Cat6 Performance Comparison