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Cat 6 & 7 ethernet

Johnny1983
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Hi.

One V6 box now has cat 7 ethernet connected to it. And my other has cat 6 ethernet connected to it. My virgin media provided powerline boosters have cat 6 ethernet connected from my superhub 6 router. I've upgraded from cat 5E ethernet. Are cat 6 and 7 better for faster speeds and connection πŸ€”. I have actually noticed my connect app and TV control app load quicker now. 

J.H
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jbrennand
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Firstly - there is no superhub 6 router!

There is Superhub1&2 and Hub3/4/5.

There is absolutely no intrinsic speed difference between those cables that you will see on a VM connection.

What is different is that Cat6a cables are specced to have better sheathing/shielding from crosstalk at the connectors and from other interference than Cat5e. Cat7 too I believe.

So any increased performance on them over Cat5a in your set up (IMHO)... is most likely due to them reducing interference on your connections.

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John
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I do not work for VM. My services: HD TV on VIP (+ Sky Sports & Movies & BT sport), x3 V6 boxes (1 wired, 2 on WiFi) Hub5 in modem mode with Apple Airport Extreme Router +2 Airport Express's. On Volt 350Mbps, Talk Anytime Phone, x2 Mobile SIM only iPhones.

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jbrennand
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Firstly - there is no superhub 6 router!

There is Superhub1&2 and Hub3/4/5.

There is absolutely no intrinsic speed difference between those cables that you will see on a VM connection.

What is different is that Cat6a cables are specced to have better sheathing/shielding from crosstalk at the connectors and from other interference than Cat5e. Cat7 too I believe.

So any increased performance on them over Cat5a in your set up (IMHO)... is most likely due to them reducing interference on your connections.

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John
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I do not work for VM. My services: HD TV on VIP (+ Sky Sports & Movies & BT sport), x3 V6 boxes (1 wired, 2 on WiFi) Hub5 in modem mode with Apple Airport Extreme Router +2 Airport Express's. On Volt 350Mbps, Talk Anytime Phone, x2 Mobile SIM only iPhones.

Oops my mistake. 

I have the older superhub 4. 

My ethernet leads are cat 6 & 7 . No longer cat 5E. I have noticed the difference in my speed and connection since using ethernets cat 6 & 7.  I found the cat 5E ethernet slow. Compared to the 6&7.  I believe cat 7 ethernet is backward compatible to the cat 5E & 6 . Correct me if I'm wrong πŸ€”

J.H

jbrennand
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All correct - except you dont have an "older Superhub 4" - as I said - it doesnt exist πŸ™‚

Cat7 is specced for speeds up to 10GHz so would be better for when VM provide the equipment/package for that in the future

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John
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I do not work for VM. My services: HD TV on VIP (+ Sky Sports & Movies & BT sport), x3 V6 boxes (1 wired, 2 on WiFi) Hub5 in modem mode with Apple Airport Extreme Router +2 Airport Express's. On Volt 350Mbps, Talk Anytime Phone, x2 Mobile SIM only iPhones.

Yep I have the superhub 4.  

I've had it years. I never got it upgraded . I kept hold of it. It works really well. So don't see point in upgrading it 😊

J.H

jbrennand
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Well...  that is unique then - what does the sticker on its base state what it is ?  Can you post it up.

This is my old Superhub2 (sticker) - there was no SH 3/4/5 - they became Hub3, Hub4, Hub5.) I never upgraded either πŸ™‚

 

SH2 BASE STICKER.jpeg


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John
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I do not work for VM. My services: HD TV on VIP (+ Sky Sports & Movies & BT sport), x3 V6 boxes (1 wired, 2 on WiFi) Hub5 in modem mode with Apple Airport Extreme Router +2 Airport Express's. On Volt 350Mbps, Talk Anytime Phone, x2 Mobile SIM only iPhones.

Oops . Sorry once again.

I've just checked. I have the hub 3.0.  My bad ☹️

J.H

You may have noticed a difference when swapping from Cat5e to cat6 but more than like pseudo effect as technically your devices wouldn't be any faster unless your Cat5e cable was negotiating at 10/100

There will be zero difference between cat6 and cat7 of 8 in domestic set up especially using any VM equipment. 

Also note worth noting 90+% tvs are fitted with 10/100 eth adapter so changing to cat6 wouldn't have any affect. Unless you were using cat5e over a long distance 

I’m jumping on this thread, think I have cat5e Ethernet cable from my pic to the hub, it seems Cat6 is the way to go but there are so many makes out there.

What the best I should go for and should it be Cat a or Cat e?

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@Nigel1971 wrote:

I’m jumping on this thread, think I have cat5e Ethernet cable from my pic to the hub, it seems Cat6 is the way to go but there are so many makes out there.

What the best I should go for and should it be Cat a or Cat e?


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