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Posted · Original PosterOP

CAT8 Ethernet Cables

(40Gbps 2000Mhz)

 

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... where have you been all my life!

 

For many years, have run a small home network, consisting of the usual stuff, printers, games consoles, NAS, network switch ,Apple TV's, Amazon Fire TV's etc etc

Always like to keep ahead of the game when it comes to overall network and internet speeds.

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However to my detriment, was still employing CAT5 cabling, which I foolishly thought wouldn't play much of a part in overall network performance...how wrong I was!

Saw a good deal on Amazon the other day and snagged a selection of CAT8 cables for our home.

 

OMG what a difference it made!

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Game latency vastly improved, overall ping rates and network jitter way down! File transfer speeds maxed out and stable, heck even firing up GlobalProtect VPN (I work remotely on Wednesdays) was much snappier.

 

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Discuss... anyone else running CAT7 OR 8 cabling?  Any tips or tricks to tweak networking hardware to take advantage?

 

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Lol this feels like an ad :D


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Posted · Original PosterOP
1 minute ago, Denned said:

You could have saved a ton of money and gone with cat5e or cat6 and had the same experience. You're just running 1gig insead of 100mbit

Not really, the CAT8 cables were really good value (less than £10 for 5 meters) and with the previous CAT5E cables, the NIC connection speeds were 1gig  anyway!  The post was more of an observation as to how much better overall network latency is with the higher category cables ?

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Well considering Cat7 has no official TIA/EIA standard and just ISO, it can range greatly in terms of quality since it doesn't have to meet any electrical specs. Cat8 cable currently falls in the same boat in that it's not a finalized standard yet so anyone selling it, especially for cheap, is probably ripping you off and selling you junk cables.

 

Also, cables don't impact jitter or latency unless they are REALLY REALLY bad and dealing with terrible EMI.

 

Edit:

Well it looks like Cat8 was officially standardized in 2017-ish

https://www.flukenetworks.com/knowledge-base/applicationstandards-articles-copper/category-8-cabling-fact-sheet


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2 minutes ago, Lurick said:

Also, cables don't impact jitter or latency unless they are REALLY REALLY bad and dealing with terrible EMI.

Wouldn't be running at gigabit-speeds, then, but OP claims their network was running at gigabit already, so..... all I'm seeing is a situation similar to all those HiFi-people who buy $1000 Monster HDMI-cables for their home-theater setups.


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1 minute ago, WereCatf said:

Wouldn't be running at gigabit-speeds, then, but OP claims their network was running at gigabit already, so..... all I'm seeing is a situation similar to all those HiFi-people who buy $1000 Monster HDMI-cables for their home-theater setups.

Yah, unless they had it next to super high voltage power lines and the new cable was really well shielded and the old one was really poorly shielded but I doubt that.


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2 minutes ago, WereCatf said:

Wouldn't be running at gigabit-speeds, then, but OP claims their network was running at gigabit already, so..... all I'm seeing is a situation similar to all those HiFi-people who buy $1000 Monster HDMI-cables for their home-theater setups.

 

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Wow, a lot of doubting Thomas's here!  No love people ?  Was just excited to post my experience on plopping in some new higher cat cables is all!

 

There is probably a touch of the placebo effect here granted, but in general have notified overall improvements so Im happy, so shush ?

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1 minute ago, Graham Carter said:

Wow, a lot of doubting Thomas's here!  No love people ?  Was just excited to post my experience on plopping in some new higher cat cables is all!

 

There is probably a touch of the placebo effect here granted, but in general have notified overall improvements so Im happy, so shush ?

I mean if you're happy about your purchase then all power to you, but next time maybe ask b e f o r e to find out that you want to spend a whole lot more than necessary.


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8 minutes ago, Graham Carter said:

Wow, a lot of doubting Thomas's here!

It's not doubt. I am using bog-standard, no-name, generic CAT5e - cabling and I am getting ~113MB/s transfer-speeds on it without literally any attempts at tweaking my network, which just goes to prove that you don't benefit from more expensive cables unless you've got some serious EMI - issues, in which case just going for better-shielded cables would help.


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15 minutes ago, Graham Carter said:

Wow, a lot of doubting Thomas's here!  No love people ?  Was just excited to post my experience on plopping in some new higher cat cables is all!

 

There is probably a touch of the placebo effect here granted, but in general have notified overall improvements so Im happy, so shush ?

seemed more like shameless shilling to me.


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