[Q] If I have CAT 5 Cable currently installed in my network will it support an upgrade to Gigabit network equipment?
[A] If the cable was installed correctly, there is no reason that it could not support speeds greater than it was designed for. Many variables will effect this, including the quality of the cable used in the original installation.
If you ask most IT professionals, they will probably agree that the patch cable is usually the weakest component in any network setup. This is usually because people buy cheaper patch cables trying to save a few dollars on a project not aware of the impact that will been seen in performance.
Keep in mind, CAT 5 Cable was not specifically designed to run at Gigabit speeds, so it would be wise to look at the original material very carefully before considering an upgrade off it.
If you have doubts about the cable, it would be better to go ahead and replace it with CAT 5e Cable, or CAT 6 Cable. You will be able to see the difference.
Feel free to call us at 866-835-2285 with your questions. We will be happy to help you make the right choice.
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