Maximise Ethernet Cable Performance
Here are some helpful points for you to get the best out of your structured ethernet cabling:
- Do run ethernet cables over distances up to 100 meters with their rated speed.
- Do mix different ethernet cable types as long as the minimum ethernet cable category supports the maximum speed of your network.
- All ethernet cables are backward compatible with prior ethernet cabling standards.
- Do make your own ethernet cable if you need lots of varying lengths.
- Do buy ethernet cables that have no-catch connectors. A no-catch connector won't snag on carpets, clothing, and other ethernet cables when you are installing it.
- Don't order anything less than cat5e ethernet cabling.
- Don't use ethernet cabling in your network if it is rated less than the maximum speed of the network.
- Don't buy overpriced "super-high-quality" ethernet cable. If a ethernet cable is rated as Cat5e then it will perform at that rating.
- Don't crimp or staple ethernet cable, this can easily cause breaks in the ethernet cable which are sometimes hard to track down.
- Ethernet cables are not directional in any way, you cannot install one backwards.
- Lighter coloured ethernet cables are usually a better choice for two reasons: They are easier to see in the dark, and it's easier to read the ethernet cable catogory stamped on the side.
- Use a patch ethernet cable when connecting a computer to a router or hub, use a cross over ethernet cable when connecting two computers directly together. If you are unsure, buy a patch ethernet cable, if the ethernet cabling is not labelled as "patch" or "cross over" it is a patch cable.
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