Cat 5 Cable Wiring


 Category 5 Section

What is Cat 5 Cabling

Cat 5 Wiring Tutorial

Crossover Diagram

Maximum Length for Cat 5

Straight Through vs Crossover

T568A and T568B Differences

Ethernet Cable Specifications

How to Crimp a Cat 5 Cable

How to Terminate Cat 5 Cables

Cat 5 and Cat 5e Differences

Installing Cat 5 Through a Roof

Making a Cat 5 Cable

Maximum Cat 5 Signal Range

The Cat 5 Color Code

Cat 5 For Outdoor Use

VGA Over Cat 5

Using Cat 5 For Phone Wires

 
 Cat 3 and Cat 6 Section
Cat 5 vs Cat 3

Cat 5 vs Cat 6

Cat 6 Specifications

Terminating Cat 6 Cable
 
 Tools And Misc Section
Cat 5 Tools

Cat 5 Cable Tester

Crimp-Down vs Punch-Down

Building a Cat 5 Tester

Using Keystone Wiring

Crimping a Patch Cable

Wiring Phone With Only Two Sets

RJ45 Wiring

T568A Specifications

T568B Specifications

UTP Color Code


Cat 5 vs Cat 3

The main difference you will find when you are comparing cat 5 vs cat 3 cabling is speed and usability. You will find that when you use cat 5 wiring instead of cat 3 you will have much higher speeds. The cat 5 is also able to resist outside noise much better than the cat 3 wiring. With the cat 5 wiring you can work up to 100baseT wiring , whereas with the cat 3 you can only use the 10baseT networking.

When you are comparing cat 5 vs cat 3 you should always keep these factors in mind. Since the creation of the much faster and smoother cat 5 cabling the only practical advantage that Cat 3 has over cat5 wiring is for telephone lines, small networks, and for someone working on a reduced budget. The cat 5 wiring cost almost $70 per 1000 feet while cat 3 is a great deal cheaper than that.

Many people believe that cat 3 wiring is becoming obsolete what with the recent addition of cat 6 wiring, this however is simply not true. Cat 3 wiring is still in regular use for phone lines, dial up modems, and 10mbps internet connections. The only cable that has become truly obsolete is the old untwisted quad cable. It is very conceivable that in the near future cat 3 wiring will become obsolete. An objective option would be within the next seven to ten years. You should take all of these factors into consideration when you deciding between cat 5 vs cat 3.

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