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We stock a full lineup of ethernet cables in every rating, length, and configuration. We carry cat5, cat5e, cat6, and cat6a cable ready to use cables as well as in bulk rolls. Our ethernet cables are typically terminated with a standard RJ45 connector and come in various colors and lengths. See the chart on this page for ethernet cable ratings and breakdowns for information before you buy.

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What are Ethernet Cables?

Ethernet cables connect network devices together. There are multiple types of Ethernet cables, with varying speeds and connections. The following are the types of Ethernet, and a their basic respective specifications. Ethernet cable ratings are standards agreed upon so you can be assured that if you're buying a certain type of cable the speed & frequency ratings and support will be standardized.
Category Cable Type Max Fequency Max Length Lan Applications Max Transfer Rate
CAT3 3-pair, UTP 16MHz 100 meters 10Base-T 10Mbps
CAT5e 4-pair, UTP 100MHz 100 meters 1000Base-T 10/100/1000Mbps
CAT6 4-pair, UTP 250MHz 56 meters 10GBase-T 10/100/1000Mbps
CAT6e 4-pair, UTP 550MHz 10/100/1000Mbps
CAT6A 4-pair, UTP 500MHz 100 meters 10GBase-T 10/100/1000Mbps/10GBe

What Ethernet cable should I buy?

Most home networks won't need more than Cat5 or Cat5e as these fully support 1000Mb/s Gigabit Ethernet, which is the current normal standard for high speed Ethernet networks and is at least twice fast as the average Internet Service Provider (ISP). For office networks or larger, Cat6 and Cat6a are more useful because they allow for higher data rates larger distances, which will give a higher number users connected to the network a decent amount of speed.