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Which CAT cable to I need?

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  1. TheGoodTexan

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    Running a CAT cable through into a wall, across a ceiling, back down through a wall to an outlet.

    About 125 feet total.

    There is "gig speed" internet signal at the source, and I'd like to have it at the destination as well, with no degradation. This will only ever be used for basic internet connection via a computer. No networking of computers or anything.

    There doesn't seem to be a huge difference in price between options, but at the 125 foot run, I just want to make sure I have a cable that will support it. Budget is not that big of a deal here.
     
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    CAT 8 if you can find it. CAT 7a should be fine, but if you get faster speeds in the future, may need to be upgraded sooner.
     
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    Cat 6 (or cat 6e, which isn't actually a true spec but some companies market using that)
     
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    I think Cat 6a does what you need spec wise. But it you want to plan for the future and the cost isn't too much more, a step up never hurts. If you end up at your place for a decade or more and things change, you'll be glad you did.
     
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    Speaking as someone who (yes, that's the proper way to say it :) has run a gazillion miles of the stuff, there's not much practical difference. Generally Cat6 is about the same price as Cat5. Go with whatever is available, but don't spend a premium thinking that bigger is better.
     
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    I can't imagine you need anything but easily available and moderately priced 5e or 6. Actually managing gigabit Ethernet and networking at scale, I can't imagine what a typical home user might be doing to need this and you did say budget. It's usually $5,000 - $48,000 devices in my inventory that can even really produce or need the performance people think they need.
     
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    Cat5 as a Benchmark to start with.
    Higher Cat versions wouldn't hurt either.
    As Technology goes forward, servers and those who provide Content for the Net might not support Cat5 in the Future.
     
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    Cat 6

    Or USB wifi adaptor....and save the cable $$, time, effort, etc...
     
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    CAt6, just make sure it's copper and not CCA.
     
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