Cat5 vs Cat6 cables

   . Cat 5, Cat 5E, Cat 6 are cable used for networking.
   . Cat 5 cable transmits data at a speed of 10 Mbps.
   . Cat 5E cable is enhanced version of Cat 5 cable which transmits data at speed of 100 Mbps.
   . Both Cat 5 and Cat 5E run 100 meters without using repeater for data transmission.
   . Cat 5 and Cat 5E cables have issues of cross-talk.


       . It refers to mixing up of data between adjacent wires due to electromagnetic signal emissions.
       . Cross-talk increases errors and loss of data.
       . Cat 5 has no methods to isolate wires in them but Cat 5E however isolated wires but is not upto mark.
       . Cat 6 cables have buffer like longitudinal separator which reduces cross talk and increases speed of transmission.


PropertyCat 5Cat 6
Data Speed100Mbps10Gbps
Data loss and errrorsMoreLess
CrosstalkMoreLess due to isolator
ThicknessLess amount of copper inside wires and is thinner compared to Cat 6More amount of copper inside wires and it is thicker compared to Cat 5
TwistingLess twisted compared to Cat 6More twisted compared to Cat 5
CategoriesCat 5 and Cat 5ECat 6 and Cat 6A