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Still need the reliability of wired Internet? Here’s how to choose an Ethernet cable

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Filiberto Lahey
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All Ethernet cables serve the same basic purpose — to connect devices to networks, like the internet.

A general rule of thumb is that higher numbers represent faster speeds and higher frequencies, measured in Mhz.

As is the case with most technologies, newer cables tend to support higher bandwidths, and therefore increased download speeds and faster connections.

Keep in mind that longer Ethernet cables will result in slower transmission speeds, though cables bought for personal use rarely exceed 100 meters, where speed dropoff typically begins to occur.

In September, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers IEEE unveiled a new Ethernet standard that promises to dramatically improve transmission speeds on Cat 5 and Cat 6 cables.

Max Transmission Speed at 100 meters

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