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    Ethernet Cables - Is It Worth It?

    I am going to be picking up an Ethernet cable this afternoon on my way home for better online gaming compared to using Wifi. Since the modem/router is in another room I need to buy one that is 50 feet.

    My questions are these:

    - Is Cat6 worth the extra cost compared to Cat5e?

    - Is Gold Plated worth the extra cost to reduce noise?

    - Is one brand better than others?

    I am leaning towards getting this one: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/insignia...&skuId=6234002

    It is more expensive than other ones, but gets great reviews, and based on the little I know it seems like a very good cable.

    Thoughts?

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    Price between 5e and 6 isn't too bad now. For most homes 5e is fine, but if you want to future proof, I'd pay the small difference.

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/dynex-50...&skuId=8313134

    I'd go with that one. It's cheaper and it is the same cable. Both Insignia and Dynex are Best Buys in-house brands, exact same thing with different price points to get higher profit margin.


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    Thanks. The only issue I see is that the Insignia ones are available in store, whereas the Dynex ones have to be ordered for store pick up and would not be available until next Friday. Guess that makes sense for them if they are the same. One for the patient people, and since I am impatient and don't want to wait a week since I hope to game a lot this week, I will probably spend the extra.

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    I'm uncertain what type network adapter is installed on PS4 or XB1, but I assume it is 10/100/1000. Given that the max speed for those consoles is likely 1Gb and your cable distance is 50 feet, you should be fine with a Cat 5e cable. If the cable will be running game alongside multiple power cables and such, you may want to get the shielded (STP) to be safe.

    As Retro pointed out, the price difference is negligible and 6 or 6A are more future-ready.

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    Is your modem on the PS4 56K or 28K? I'd go with U.S. Robotics gear if I were you.

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