CAT5, CAT5E, CAT6
CAT5 (Category 5) is a twisted pair cable that is used for carrying signals. What applications is it used for? CAT5 cable plays many roles. It's used on computer networks such as ethernet. This cable provides performance up to 10/100 Mbps speeds at up to 100 MHz. This makes it suitable for 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 2.5GBASE-T. Also, it's used to carry telephony and video signals. If you're looking for something a little more powerful, check out CAT5E (enhanced) cable which is the next step up from CAT5. This cable can handle 1000Mbps speeds (gigabit ethernet) at 100 MHz. For the highest performance available, CAT6 is the right choice. This cable can handle up to 10 gigabit ethernet at 250 MHz. CAT6 is also specifically designed to reduce "crosstalk" better than CAT5 or CAT5E.