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Selecting the Best Ethernet Cable

What are network and Ethernet cables?

Wireless connections are incredibly effective in many cases but if you require a reliable connection it is ideal to connect directly with an ethernet cable. Ethernet cables physically connected to your desktop computer, laptop, or smart home devices will provide a higher and more consistent internet speed. When working from home, each family member also needs access to the internet which can quickly drain your individual bandwidth. Using an ethernet connection avoids the problem entirely, giving you full access!

What kind of Ethernet cable do I need?

A majority of single device connections can be handled with a 5-10 ft cable but if you’re outfitting your business or wanting multiple connection points within your home, you can find spools of cable from 50 up to 1000 ft. Depending upon the maximum speed you receive from your ISP, Micro Center carries Cat 5, Cat 6, Cat 7, Cat 8, among other ethernet cable types. For most uses, Cat 5 and Cat 5e cables will suit you as they can handle speeds up to 100 Mbps. If you receive a 1 Gbps internet speed, Cat 6 cables are what you are looking for. Be sure your modem and router are not bottlenecking your internet speeds as these cables can only provide speeds at which they send them.