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 Question by Tom Blank posted 15 Oct 2004
 cat5e + 1 gigabit
I have a customer that would like to run 1000 base t/ 1 gigabit over cat5e cable. Total distance from jack to patch panel may be 250 feet. Will cat5e work or do we need to go to cat6 or higher?
 Answer by Dmitri Abaimov posted 16 Oct 2004
Dear Tom,

The CAT5E specification was introduced back in 1999 primarily to ensure that Gigabit Ethernet 1000BASE-T will work for the full allowed length of the cabling channel - 100 meters (328'). So, as long as your cable passes the CAT5E test, you should have no problem with Gigabit Ethernet. You should also have all CAT5E components in this channel - jacks, patch panel (if any) and patch cords for the full channel to be considered CAT5E.

Dmitri Abaimov, RCDD

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