CAT5 and CAT6 Ethernet Cables
What Is CAT5 and CAT5e?
CAT5 is an Ethernet cabling standard that supports high-speed networking. Both CAT5 and the related CAT5e are Ethernet cable standards defined by the Electronic Industries Association and Telecommunications Industry Association (commonly known as EIA/TIA).
Stranded and Solid CAT5 Cables
CAT5 cables come in two varieties, one with solid wires and one with stranded wires. What are the pros and cons of these two types of CAT5, and which one is better?
CAT6 is an Ethernet cable standard defined by the EIA/TIA. CAT6 is the sixth generation of twisted pair Ethernet cabling, backward compatible with the earlier CAT5 / CAT5e standards.
Running CAT5 Cables Outdoors
Is it safe to run Ethernet cables outside? Ordinary CAT5 cable was not designed for this.
Guide to CAT5 Ethernet Wiring
This detailed guide to CAT5 cables covers home wiring for DSL and cable modem networking with visuals. Discover the "do's and dont's" of installation of twisted-pair CAT5, CAT5e and CAT6 network cables.
Make Your Own CAT5 Cable
This tutorial discusses various aspects of cable construction (theory, tools and color coding). It then illustrates how to strip, crimp, and string that home-grown cables.