The Cat5 ethernet cables came into existence in the 1990s and remain one of the most popular of all twisted pair cable types among homeowners, mainly due to performance and cost. The Cat5 has been around for 15 years, with the Cat5e (the ‘e’ stands for enhanced) introduced approximately six years later. Is the difference worth the higher Cat5e cable cost? Let’s compare the two.
How to Tell the Difference
It can be difficult and unreliable to tell cable categories apart simply by the coloring or thickness; and since all ethernet cables use the same RJ45 connector plug, that’s not a viable option. The most reliable way is to check the printed information on the cable itself.
Are They the Same Speeds?
Ethernet cables send and receive data at the speeds designated by your internet provider or from computer to computer in a network, and hardware