Patch Cables and Cat6 cable

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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?
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 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.

Sincerely,
Joseph Golan, RCDD

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