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    Cat6 Compatibility

    We're renewing all our servers this year and also kit out our room with decent trunking to house the network cables better.

    We're running cat5e across the entire school.

    As part of this new install, I'm wanting to run CAT6 from the office (server room) to the main switch.

    I'm going to be using CAT6 patch panels, cat6 patch leads, cat6 RJ45 wall boxes in the office. This is all feeding back to 1 core switch.

    The rest of the site will continue to use Cat5e throughout.

    Can someone confirm this will work fine? Can I continue to use cat5e cables from a device plugged into the new cat6 office sockets?

    I've done my research and nobody has said otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by techyphil View Post
    We're renewing all our servers this year and also kit out our room with decent trunking to house the network cables better.

    We're running cat5e across the entire school.

    As part of this new install, I'm wanting to run CAT6 from the office (server room) to the main switch.

    I'm going to be using CAT6 patch panels, cat6 patch leads, cat6 RJ45 wall boxes in the office. This is all feeding back to 1 core switch.

    The rest of the site will continue to use Cat5e throughout.

    Can someone confirm this will work fine? Can I continue to use cat5e cables from a device plugged into the new cat6 office sockets?

    I've done my research and nobody has said otherwise.

    Thanks

    Kind Regards

    Me.
    This will work, but your fingers will hate you if you're terminating it yourself. Regarding the Cat5e cables - yes, properly terminated Cat5e is good for 10Gb over short distances.

    Have you considered running fibre from the server room to the main switch? Or is this a couple of drops per server back to the main switch?

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    You can use it but if it is for the servers I would use cat6 patch leads as well which will allow for a cleaner more reliable signal path. If it it just the odd workstation then cat5e will be fine. I imagine that there will be quite a few cable runs if your servers are housed in a different location to your core depending on how mayn servers/nis are involved.

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    It's almost certainly unnecessary, but yes it'll work fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by powdarrmonkey View Post
    It's almost certainly unnecessary, but yes it'll work fine.
    Thanks for your advice, I was pretty sure it would be fine but I like to hear it from the pro's that use it!

    There's hardly anything in the price any more, plus it'll be cheaper to install it now whilst every things offline.

    The cable is much thicker, fortunately we're only talking about a running 14 cables around the room. All good fun eh :P

    Adios

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