Cat5 vs Cat 5e FREE cabling and networking Helpdesk
 Question by Bob Secreto posted 26 May 2005
 Cat5 vs Cat 5e
What is the difference between Cat5 and Cat5e cable?
 Answer by Joseph Golan posted 27 May 2005
Dear Bob,

AS you can guess it is pretty close. Cat 5e specs were refined (enhanced) from the cat5 specs to insure 1000BaseT operations. As 1000BaseT was going of age, it was learned that the original cat 5 had a few faults with timing and crosstalk issues.

Similarly cat 6 may end up being enhanced or augmented to include 10Gig Ethernet operations.

Joseph Golan, RCDD

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