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    Livy's Avatar Simpleton
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    is a cat6 STP cable worth it over a cat5e UTP, im thinking of replacing the wire between my wireless router and modem, the modem is my cable box along with all my tv stuff, and a small network cable runs to my router which is up on a shelf, which goes past power and video cables. will the cat6 make any difference. cut down on any interference etc.

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    i wouldnt think a noticible difference would occur...but i may be wrong

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    All components need to be Gigabit Ethernet (1000Mbps) in order to use Cat6 to its full potential.

    Your modem in nowhere near that speed. Cat5 is fine.

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    it was more the shielded bit i was thinking off, normal cables are about £2 for 2m but ebuyer had a cat6 stp for around £3.50 for 2m
    it was just that the cables goes over alot of electrical lines.

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    Standard ethernet NICs are not designed to work with STP.

    There's no facility to connect the shield to ground, so it will simply act as a giant antenna and probably make any crosstalk/interference worse.

    Stick to UTP.
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    As I said, Cat5 should work fine. I haven't ever had interference problems with it.

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    Check your ethernet statistics, if you have zero errors like this
    then all the data is getting through ok.

    C:\Documents and Settings\Owner>netstat -e
    Interface Statistics

    Received Sent

    Bytes 6273941317 861890009
    Unicast packets 904788 1176925
    Non-unicast packets 838 307
    Discards 0 0
    Errors 0 0
    Unknown protocols 0
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    Quote Originally Posted by zaphodiv
    Check your ethernet statistics, if you have zero errors like this
    then all the data is getting through ok.

    C:\Documents and Settings\Owner>netstat -e
    Interface Statistics

    Received Sent

    Bytes 6273941317 861890009
    Unicast packets 904788 1176925
    Non-unicast packets 838 307
    Discards 0 0
    Errors 0 0
    Unknown protocols 0
    I've sent 2 errors, what does that mean?

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    Probably insignficant. A couple of errors might be explaned by things like the network card being turned on while something else on the network was sending a packet so the machine only got half of it.

    Depends on the length of time and the amount of data. A couple of errors when the machine has been on for a week or you have shifted gigabytes dosn't matter, the bad packets get discarded and higher level stuff resends the data.
    "I went over to a friend's house the other day. He was having problems with his computer and he asked me to look at it, and I realized he had Windows Me and it's like, oh no—that's your first problem."-Michael Dell, founder and CEO of Dell.

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