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Do cheap Ethernet cables do just as good a job as more expensive ones?

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 11:19 PM

Do cheap Ethernet cables do just as good a job as more expensive ones?

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 11:37 PM

Yes


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Posted 12 October 2013 - 11:54 PM

Don't some only support slow speeds though? I have 18Mbps Internet, will this do as good a job?

 

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 12:18 AM Edited by finn4life, 13 October 2013 - 12:19 AM.

Should probably be fine.
Main issues with cheap cables go like this:
- Plug are flimsy and if you're not careful, can snap off in your computer/the clip breaks and you can't take it out without damaging the port.
- Sometimes plugs are poorly molded and are too large and get stuck in your ethernet ports.
- Cabling might not have the proper twists at the right intervals which means crosstalk, which means slower internet/fluctuations.

More expensive cabling is better for all things above, and often exceed regular standards set so you will likely get some increase in performance, and it's not really much more expensive.
Personally I would go with a middle of the road solution, speed isn't really an issue because it's generally minimal, except perhaps in a 50m cable, stuff getting your motherboard ports broken though, that will be a lot more painful than forking out an extra $4 for a decent cable.

 


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Posted 13 October 2013 - 10:21 AM Edited by StormerBoy, 13 October 2013 - 10:21 AM.

Cool thanks for the advice


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Posted 14 October 2013 - 04:19 AM

I bought a cheap ethernet cable years and years back when I first got Cable internet just to get the ball rolling, still use the same cable today, no issues, great net.

 

Though I think some newer cables today are able to make faster speed? Not 100% on that.. but no matter.. I'm sticking with ol blue.


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Posted 14 October 2013 - 05:32 AM

I bought a cheap ethernet cable years and years back when I first got Cable internet just to get the ball rolling, still use the same cable today, no issues, great net.

 

Though I think some newer cables today are able to make faster speed? Not 100% on that.. but no matter.. I'm sticking with ol blue.

They theoretically support faster speeds, however that isn't really of any use unless you are using internet with speeds over 100 Megabytes a Second, but even so, some older cables can manage that. Cheap ones, probably can't because - like I mentioned - the wire twist intervals may be all wrong which damages the signal passing through it/slows it down.


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Posted 14 October 2013 - 08:22 AM

Just get braided cables for everything. Braided stuff is awesome. I'd braid myself if I could. I'd look like a hippie who's being sarcastic over the whole idea, but I'd be a quality product.

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 10:35 AM Edited by Lochie., 15 October 2013 - 10:40 AM.

 

I bought a cheap ethernet cable years and years back when I first got Cable internet just to get the ball rolling, still use the same cable today, no issues, great net.

 

Though I think some newer cables today are able to make faster speed? Not 100% on that.. but no matter.. I'm sticking with ol blue.

They theoretically support faster speeds, however that isn't really of any use unless you are using internet with speeds over 100 Megabytes a Second, but even so, some older cables can manage that. Cheap ones, probably can't because - like I mentioned - the wire twist intervals may be all wrong which damages the signal passing through it/slows it down.

 

It really just depends on the category, as long as you're using Cat5e or 6 you should be fine. Both are able to handle up to 1gbps, Cat5e is just a little cheaper though.

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 07:38 AM

 

 

I bought a cheap ethernet cable years and years back when I first got Cable internet just to get the ball rolling, still use the same cable today, no issues, great net.

 

Though I think some newer cables today are able to make faster speed? Not 100% on that.. but no matter.. I'm sticking with ol blue.

They theoretically support faster speeds, however that isn't really of any use unless you are using internet with speeds over 100 Megabytes a Second, but even so, some older cables can manage that. Cheap ones, probably can't because - like I mentioned - the wire twist intervals may be all wrong which damages the signal passing through it/slows it down.

 

It really just depends on the category, as long as you're using Cat5e or 6 you should be fine. Both are able to handle up to 1gbps, Cat5e is just a little cheaper though.

 

Distance counts as well. Theoretically, a CAT5e cable can be laid over a maximum distance of 100m but from personal experience, I won't recommend using it for any distance > 50m.





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