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Discussion in 'General Electronics Discussion' started by tweeterandthemonkeyman, Aug 14, 2020.

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  1. tweeterandthemonkeyman

    tweeterandthemonkeyman

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    Can you use a cat6 cable for something older that used cat5? Thanks.
     
  2. Kabelsalat

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    Yes, you can. Just bear in mind that a cat6 cable is often more stiff and thicker can therefore may be harder to install and get past corners.
     
  3. Bluejets

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    shouldn't be a problem as properly installed cat5 or cat6 should have a minimum bend radius anyhow.
     
  4. tweeterandthemonkeyman

    tweeterandthemonkeyman

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    Thank you both for the replies
     
  5. Ngineer

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    CAT6 cable will be fine. It has better specs than CAT5 but typically costs 50% more.
    If you haven't already purchased the cable, just use CAT5. It will be all that you need and you can even run Gigabit Ethernet over it.
     
  6. kpatz

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    If you're running cables for network inside walls/ceilings, especially in new construction, I'd go with the highest category you can afford, for future proofing.

    But, to answer your question, CAT6 is fine for CAT5 applications.
     
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