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 Question by Tom VanDyke posted 14 Feb 2006
 Patch Cables and Cat6 cable
We are getting our first install of Cat6 cable. Is it important to use Cat 6 patch cables or can we continue to use Cat5e?
 Answer by Joseph Golan posted 14 Feb 2006
Dear Tom,

One of the great things about structured cabling is that it is back-wards compatible. You may continue to use category 5e patch cables with your category 6 installation.

I do strongly suggest that you only use manufactured patch cables rather then home-made as they have proved to be normally more reliable and should have been subject to proper testing.

Good luck with your new cable plant.

Joseph Golan, RCDD

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