Cat5 Cable Specifications
Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: thepocketdrummer-ga
List Price: $5.00
14 Sep 2006 00:55 PDT
Expires: 14 Oct 2006 00:55 PDT
Question ID: 765187
I need to know the specifications of a CAT5 Cable. Primarily how long the cables can be before they encounter signal degradation. I work at Xbox, and Tier 2 Agents tell me that anything past 20ft could cause the signal to degrade and cause lag. I simply do not believe them. If possible, provide some links that might be useful. Thank you in advance! -Ryan
Re: Cat5 Cable Specifications
Answered By: gregaw-ga on 14 Sep 2006 06:42 PDT
rajesh78 is correct that 100 meters is the standard maximum length for a Ethernet connection using CAT5 cable. http://www.cat-5-cable-company.com/faq-maximum-length-cat-5-cable.html The following Google search will bring up hundreds of pages to affirm this: ://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=cat5+%22100+meters%22 I'm sure your tier 2 people know this. If not it should be very easy to educate them, but before you do, consider the following: There are some limiting factors. The type of cable can make a difference. When using "stranded" cable, which is most often used for patch cables due to its flexibility, the industry standard limits the length to 10 meters (33 feet). http://www.theheadwaters.com/cables/faq.htm "The TIA/EIA 568A which is the governing standard regarding commercial cabling systems limits the length of patch cables to 10 meters in total length." This may be where these people are coming from. You might ask them. But if you purchase a CAT5 or CAT5e "certified patch cable", stranded or otherwise, it will have passed the benchmark test required for proper Ethernet performance. The above articles are all assuming that it is being used for an Ethernet connection. 10/100 BaseT. CAT5 cable is just glorified copper wiring and can be used for lots of other things. Some applications much longer runs and some much shorter. However, since the Xbox has an "Ethernet" port all of the industry standard rules will apply. You are definitely more right than they are. Use these pages and ask them to prove their point. I think they will have a hard time. http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/fhubs/fh300icg/rptrnetc.htm http://www.cyberxlink.com/cat5.php http://www.theheadwaters.com/cables/faq.htm I hope that this helps you. If you require any further information please let me know by posting a request for clarification. Thanks!
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Re: Cat5 Cable Specifications
From: rajesh78-ga on 14 Sep 2006 02:19 PDT
Max length of a segment: 100 meters/330 feet for more details look at http://www.bnoack.com/index.html?http&&&www.bnoack.com/data/cables/CAT5.html and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category_5_cable
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