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30 June, 2010

a few more CATs

I have been short on CAT 6 cables since I got the second hand AirPort Extreme Base Station (simultaneous dual band gigabit model) a few weeks back. And I finally got some time to source them (cheaply).

5 CAT 6 ethernet cables

Clearly, it wouldn't make sense to link gigabit routers with CAT 5 cables. CAT 6 is, without a doubt, the way to go. Also following Don's not-settling for yesteryear's technology principle*1, I shouldn't acquire any CAT 5 cables at all since CAT 6 cables are easily available to consumers.

Well, for the record, I bought a 0.5m, 1m, 3m, 5m and a 10m CAT 6 ethernet cables in one go. Save the future trouble.

For the reference, gigabit ethernet connection can be achieved by CAT 5e cables. It is wise to follow Don's principle: getting the latest.

I guess Don might be interested in exactly how many routers I have here. In short: not many.
Dual band

    Anyhow, here's the list:
  • 1 x Time Capsule (1TB)
  • 1 x AirPort Extreme Base Station (gigabit ethernet model)
  • 1 x AirPort Extreme Base Station (simultaneous dual band II model)
  • 1 x AirPort Extreme Base Station (simultaneous dual band model)

And I am glad to say that all those base stations are capable of gigabit ethernet connection as well as 802.11n Wi-Fi networking.

*1 According to Don, he wouldn't buy any computers with CPU below Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 series. All Core 2 Duos are outdated because Intel has released something newer.

(to Don: Antony is poor.)

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related blog entries:
new AirPort (Simultaneous Dual Band II) (10 March, 2010)
why do you need gigabit ethernet (7 November, 2008)
more cat.6 and Gaffa tape (16 August, 2008)
I got my a cat 6, finally (17 April, 2008)
Time Capsule (1TB) has arrived (4 April, 2008)
AirPort Extreme Base Station (8 December, 2007)

Posted by Antony on 30 June 2010 11:07 PM | gadget

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Your footnote is purposely misleading, as usual. You know that I settle for yesteryear's technology all the time. In fact, I'm writing this now over a dial-up connection, since I don't have anything like your fast (and relatively new, compared to dial-up at least) mobile broadband. Unlike what you say, Wi-Fi isn't accessible everywhere around Boston.
Anyway, I guess you might be interested to know that I have no CAT6 cables whatsoever. In fact, many of my Ethernet cables aren't even CAT5e, but just regular CAT5. Not that it's a problem since, some of my network is still only on 10Mbps Ethernet (i.e. not even 100Mbps Fast Ethernet).
As for routers, I have zero routers supporting 802.11n, and zero routers supporting gigabit Ethernet. My router only supports 802.11g and 10/100 Ethernet, which you would consider old and slow, but I have no problems with.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 1 July 2010 2:16 AM.
I only stated the facts. It is unfair to assume a non-English speaker has the ability to purposely mislead anything at all.
For your information, not all my devices support gigabit ethernet and 802.11n.
Posted by Antony on 1 July 2010 11:10 AM.
For your information, I only have one device with gigabit Ethernet support, and zero devices with 802.11n support. You love counting the numbers above all else, so that should be enough for you.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 1 July 2010 11:56 AM.
For your information, one of the computer that still being used heavily does not have gigabit ethernet nor 802.11n.
Posted by Antony on 1 July 2010 9:49 PM.
For your information, there are more machines here with 802.11b than 802.11g (note: not your fast 802.11n), and two that are currently operating on 10Mbps Ethernet instead of 100Mbps Ethernet (note: not your fast gigabit ethernet).
Posted by Don_HH2K on 1 July 2010 11:46 PM.
We don't have fast Internet like you guys have.
Posted by Antony on 2 July 2010 12:39 PM.
Are you kidding? I can put our modem on an old 10mbps Ethernet line and it [i]still[/i] can't saturate it.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 2 July 2010 1:23 PM.
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