Similar to Cat 5e cables, but better at reducing crosstalk/system noise. They are a later generation of network cable, suitable for up to 10 gigabit Ethernet at 250 MHz. They are backward compatible with Cat 5/5e.

Things you need to know

These are able to handle Gigabit ethernet, and the faster speeds should make their future usefulness better than Cat 5e.

Also known as

Class E Cabling

Cost Considerations

Cat 6 is no longer that much more expensive than Cat5e, but offers better performance and is capable of handling faster speeds. Cat 6 cable costs about $0.40 to $0.60 per linear foot.

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