There is a lot that goes into deciding which is the best Ethernet cable and, really, it comes down to your situational needs. That's why, at Pro Wire and Cable, we offer cat3 cable, cat5 cable, and cat6 cable.
In general, cat3 cable can handle data speeds up to 10Mbps with a maximum frequency coming in at 16MHz. While cat3 cable was a staple of wiring in the '90s, most networking has moved on to cat5 and cat6 cable. Still some two-line telephone configurations still use cat3 cable. Cat3 cable was replaced in the early 2000s with cat5 cable. The cat5 cable we carry at Pro Wire and Cable is actually cat5e cable, which handles data speeds up to 1Gbps at 100Mhz. In recent years, cat6 cable, specifically cat6e cable has been the go to Ethernet cable for home use, as it is affordable and handles data speeds up to 10Gbps at 250Mhz.
If you any questions regarding which Ethernet cable wiring would be best for your situation, please feel free to contact us today.
Outside Plant Telephone Cable PE 39
Cable Cat 3
Telephone Cable PE 38