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RDowson
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Cat5/5e wall module for Cat6 cable

I have Cat6 cable throughout my house, a Cat6 patch panel and a Cat6 switch.

 

If I were to use Cat5 or Cat5e wall modules with the Cat6 cable would I still get gigabit speed? Would it still be a true Cat6 network?

 

I was told that Cat6 modules were deeper and too hard to fit into the backboxes in the walls so they would use the Cat5 or Cat5e modules instead.

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Re: Cat5/5e wall module for Cat6 cable

If you are paying to have a Cat 6 network installed that is what I would expect to be installed, not a botch between Cat 5, Cat 5e and Cat 6.

 

It may be the case that it is easier to fit Cat 5 modules because of the thicker insulation/spline etc of the Cat 6 cable but it is in my opinion lowering the standard of the network to that of Cat 5.

 

There is a thread about it here, which while not definitive may help you make up your mind.

 

http://www.avsforum.com/forum/26-home-theater-computers/1279468-cat6-cable-modular-plugs-can-i-use-c...

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