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SPWM

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Hi, I am looking at purchasing some Ethernet cable from the router to the smart TV and NAS box. I have a gigabit router and would like the same quality date feed over the Ethernet cable to be purchased. Which ones are recommended and what is the difference between a CAT6 and CAT7? Am I losing much if I go with CAT6 assuming it is slower speed of data? Please share experiences and recommendations.
 

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CAT6 and even CAT5 will be just fine for gigabit. You won't lose any speed. If it's a long run it won't hurt to go CAT6 I guess. Cat6a can even handle 10GBps.

There should be no reason to go CAT7 unless you're planning on 40GBPS or a much longer than 100 meter run. It's expensive and very hard to work with, it's thiccc.
 

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Would a network coupler hamper speed over a long run? Which ones recommended?

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Don't buy CAT7 AFAIK its not a standard yet. Locally CAT6/a is over priced. DO not buy Cat5/e or Cat6/a CCA (copper Clad Aluminium) its SHITE quality and not properly certified for CAT55/e or CAT6/a.

Where are you located & how much cable do you need? Are you going to buy premade or crimp & terminate it yourself?

This is decent - Linkbasic 100M Box Cat5e Solid UTP Cable
 
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Don't buy CAT7 AFAIK its not a standard yet. Locally CAT6/a is over priced. DO not buy Cat5/e or Cat6/a CCA (copper Clad Aluminium) its SHITE quality and not properly certified for CAT55/e or CAT6/a.

Where are you located & how much cable do you need? Are you going to buy premade or crimp & terminate it yourself?

This is decent - Linkbasic 100M Box Cat5e Solid UTP Cable
Thanks...I am in CT and I would not know how to crimp so I will be purchasing premade. Was looking at purchasing what's in the attached pic. So this is good or bad? Any reason for either selection?

I guess my next question should be posted in a new thread: what is the best solution link the ethernet cable to 2 or more smart TV's. Would it be a separate ethernet cable to each TV or use a HDMI Extender with two pieces of CAT-5e/6 cables to extend HDTV display up to 30 meters for 1080p or higher quality streaming or is there a.more cost effective and quality solution to recommend?


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Thanks...I am in CT and I would not know how to crimp so I will be purchasing premade. Was looking at purchasing what's in the attached pic. So this is good or bad? Any reason for either selection?

I guess my next question should be posted in a new thread: what is the best solution link the ethernet cable to 2 or more smart TV's. Would it be a separate ethernet cable to each TV or use a HDMI Extender with two pieces of CAT-5e/6 cables to extend HDTV display up to 30 meters for 1080p or higher quality streaming or is there a.more cost effective and quality solution to recommend?

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I'm also in CT, I'v got a box of ~90, cat5e here + the tools to crimp etc, can happily make you what ever length you need < 100m (100m is a limit for Cat5e). Its the exact cable I linked you to.

I can't say if its good or bad unfort, never heard of the brand.

Let me ask you this - What are you wanting to accomplish with linking the TV's? Get them internet OR get them display? I know you can do HDMi over ethernet cable on supported TV's (for all I know you need specific cable IE Cat6a and not Cat6 non a) but I dont know if it can do HDMi + ethernet based internet , over the same LAN cable. Maybe one of the TV junkies can chime in :)

What is the layout of the area you will be installing in? IE are the Tv's near each other or on opposite ends of the house/building?
 

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I've been using Cat5e around my house and should be perfectly fine unless you live in a house that would need longer than 100m. If that's the case you have too much money and can pay someone to run cables for you :p

My advice is buy your own crimper to fit plugs yourself and buy your lengths from souljazk.

It's easy to do and if you only put the plugs in later it means you can drill smaller holes in your walls or ceiling since the cable is far smaller than the plug.

Cat6 and cat7 are overkill since most routers for home are only 1gbps. Some are only 100mbps so you might want to double check this too.
 

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Is CAT 7 even a standard you can buy?

CAT5e will work for 99% of all use cases and is cheap. I’d get shielded cable against electromagnetic interference but that’s me just being pedantic.
 

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