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12-18-2002, 09:20 AM
What's the difference between CAT5 cable and regular telephone wire?. It does look beefier. Is that just the outer covering that makes it different?
I presently have DSL. Verizon gave me a few short lengths of CAT5 cable to get me started. Shouldn't all of the wires, starting from the box outside also have this kind of cable for optimum results?
12-18-2002, 10:13 AM
um.... if i remember correctly, telephone wires are straight while cat5 is wires in twisted pairs. telephone wires have 4 contacts while cat5 has 8. etc.
12-18-2002, 12:08 PM
rev's right about the 4 and 8 pairs of wires. However about the cat5 wiring in the actual home. It depends. Most houses and complexes being built now wire with cat5 but majority of the houses probably are wired with cat3.
12-18-2002, 03:23 PM
Yes, it does look like there are 4 wires: orange, blue, green and brown. The cable is approximately twice the thickness as regular telephone line, though.
12-18-2002, 03:54 PM
For DSL, it doesn't make a difference what you use - I would actually recommend shielded CAT3. CAT3 is rated up to 10Mbps - way higher than your DSL speed, so it's fine for the DSL connection. Going from machine to machine should be CAT5 or CAT5e, and that will get you up to 100Mbps for file transfers between the machines.
The difference in CAT5 is the number of wires and the twists in the wires. The twists cancel out interference on the wire, so it allows much faster speeds.
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