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    Default Ethernet Cables getting some consistency

    I am not expecting this to add any additional sound quality but I have decided that the mixed and varied ethernet connections I use in the house needs to be addressed if only just for my own piece of mind .

    Now currently my whole network system works and sounds fine so this is not to address a problem . However as I added items I would just take either the cable included or if I needed a new one just go to my own cable box and find the first one that came to hand. In all cases I would and still do not have any idea if they are CAT 5 , 6 , 6e , 7 or whatever. I know they will all be compatable and they will all work but recently after adding an LPSU to my Media Server and noting the difference that made I have decided that i need to do a little work on the cabling just for ethernet and to try and get some of the care and consideration I give to my music system cables.

    As always there will be those that say each cable will make a difference and others who will say that any cable will do . Well I am not going to get on the ladder of really expensive cables as that route can lead me to both insanity and bankruptcy . Now right or wrong I have always felt that having the same wire for all leads makes a difference . So after looking at all the different options I have decided that CAT 7 is what I am going to fit for all of the various connections . Luckily a quick scan of Amazon has produced a great option of 5 x 1 Meter cables for 10 . Now this is a nice cheap way of getting real matching cables at a not huge outlay . In most areas a 1 meter cable will be fine there a re one or two were I will need more but I can address those once all the others are installed using the same cable throughout .

    As I say I am not really expecting too much of a change in doing this but once it is completed and all in place I will know that all of the connections are of the same quality .

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    I went from Cat 5 to 7, did not notice any difference, I wanted 6e but it was out of stock, think I paid about 5 for 3m from Duronic.

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    Okay the new CAT 7 cables arrived today and the network has now got matched new cables throughout . As I expected not change in sound quality at all but the picture from my Amazon cube is better and more stable . I have been plagued for some time with stutters and drop outs on internet channels and streaming videos / movies . At the moment this cable change seems to have stopped this and i am getting more consistent and better pictures. Considering this has only cost me 20 and I have three brand new spare cables I think that is a result and would suggest that anyone with ethernet cables that have been in palce a while should perhaps consider a change .

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    I think this is a nice end to an Ethernet cable thread. I wonder if you had old Cat 5 cable, or a faulty cable, which was reducing the bandwidth for video transmission. That you heard no difference in audio does not surprise me, the bandwidth requirements are far, far lower. I stick to unshielded Cat 6 as I think connecting grounds can (might?) introduce new problems.
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    Well good news regarding the RJ45 format at last a proper cable for this data transmission and format is on the way long overdue in my book, but it will soon be here SPE is coming at last!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bencat View Post
    Okay the new CAT 7 cables arrived today and the network has now got matched new cables throughout . As I expected not change in sound quality at all but the picture from my Amazon cube is better and more stable . I have been plagued for some time with stutters and drop outs on internet channels and streaming videos / movies . At the moment this cable change seems to have stopped this and i am getting more consistent and better pictures. Considering this has only cost me 20 and I have three brand new spare cables I think that is a result and would suggest that anyone with ethernet cables that have been in palce a while should perhaps consider a change .
    Yes I may get a new cable for my computer do get the odd flicker, I thought this was down to the PSU but it maybe the cable which is a BT patch one from a few years ago.

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    If anyone want`s cat cables made up to certain length out of top quality cable they are all hand made by my brother who is a it tech in London .
    He has just cabled up his companys new offices saving them thousands in money his reward was going to be a pair of back stage passes for me and him to see and meet G&R
    this year but shows got cancelled ,

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    Quote Originally Posted by diviy View Post
    If anyone want`s cat cables made up to certain length out of top quality cable they are all hand made by my brother who is a it tech in London .
    He has just cabled up his companys new offices saving them thousands in money his reward was going to be a pair of back stage passes for me and him to see and meet G&R
    this year but shows got cancelled ,
    Forgive me, i do know GnT but not G&R ... kindly enlighten me ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by diviy View Post
    If anyone want`s cat cables made up to certain length out of top quality cable they are all hand made by my brother who is a it tech in London .
    He has just cabled up his companys new offices saving them thousands in money his reward was going to be a pair of back stage passes for me and him to see and meet G&R
    this year but shows got cancelled ,
    Are these cables made up with installation cable or patch cable?
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