Cat6 Jacks are they better than Cat5e?

Cat6 jack are they better than Cat5e?

For most people that run cable and want to know which is better a Cat6 Jack or a Cat5e one? The answer to your question is relative. Cat 6 jacks should be used on Cat6 cable and 5e on 5e. Now that presents then the question which connector should I use?

If you’re doing your home and only want to run some computers and maybe video or voice then either will work. But the smarter thing to use is Cat6 cable with a Cat6 jack. The best type of set up in this writer’s opinion is to use the pop in style wall plate that take pop in jacks. A pop in style keystone wall plate can take all different kinds of pop in jacks, a Cat6, RG6 or BNC or any one you can dream up that uses pop in. Now Cat6 is actually 250 MHz and some cable is rated at 550MHz. That is the speed supposedly for that cable. Keep in mind even with the best jack you have to maintain the proper distance and the bend radius and all the installation specifics that will apply to you run. There are several types of Cat 6 connectors. The ones with the smallest foot print actually seems to be the best. They can fit closer together and are easier to work with in the tighter spaces.

Some important things that you should know is how to punch the cable into the jack and the color scheme for punching down. Each pair is a different color and the sequence must be maintained to be compatible with all the devices and hook ups. Now can you use a Cat6 jack on a Cat5e connection?  The answer is no. Each perform in their own area. You should consider that as of this writing there is also Cat7. Now that is a whole other story. Stick with the Cat6 jack and cable for now, the other is just emerging.