It seems like everyone—and everything—is online these days. Obviously the mobile networks have been working to improve connectivity everywhere but wireless connectivity has vastly increased the number of people who are able to get online. Even with wi-fi, though, the internet tends to come into your home via cable/satellite jack, depending on the service providers available in your area.
The type/quality of connectivity you can get, though, might also depend on the various types of keystone jacks and the cables you use, accordingly.
CAT5 Networking Cable
The CAT5 networking cable is among the oldest cables still in use today, though they are pretty much getting phased out. While they may have been the best—and fastest—networking cables when they first came out, they are generally slower than what most people use today. CAT5 networking cables can only manage speeds of 10/100 Mbps at a bandwidth of 100 MHz. Replacing these cables can be tough as, again, most electronics manufacturers have moved on to faster and better cables for internet connectivity. As such, if you need to replace one of these cables it may be time to consider getting new equipment anyway.
CAT5e Networking Cables
Similar to CAT5 Networking cables, the “e” stands for “enhanced,” which means that these cables are notably “better” than the CAT5 networking cable. They are easily more powerful—at 100 Mbps at a bandwidth of 100 Mhz—and if you do need to upgrade your devices, this would be the most immediate step up.
CAT6 Networking Cables
The CAT6 networking cable is easily better than the CAT5 and CAT5e networking cable. These cables are far more impressive in terms of power—with 10 Gigabit Ethernet speeds of 250 Mhz—but they offer more benefits too. Inside each cable is a separator which isolates pairs to prevent connectivity crosstalk. In short, these cables experience less electronic interference. The CAT6 networking cable is, of course, the most up to date and most modern networking cable presently on the market. That is, of course, until hardware designers begin to manufacture the next version.