QuestionShielded or Non-shieldWas needing to run this in walls. I've read I need shielding. Will this be suitable for the job? What are the perks with choosing cat6 over cat5e?
- Answer These are two great questions and the exact same questions I had before making my purchasing decision. So I did some research and here's what I found: Shielding is really only necessary if you are around heavy electromagnetic interference, like power generators, magnetic resonance imaging scanners (MRI machines), and maybe a lot of high tension power lines. The disadvantage to shielded cable is that you're probably not going to be able to run them through your walls without removing some drywall. The shielding is not really flexible enough to run through a fire break and then do the 90 degree bend to come out of a small hole at the base of the wall. CAT5 vs CAT6 is almost a no-brainer. CAT5 is probably fine for all current applications but as technology improves, applications are requiring more and more bandwidth. If you want your cable to keep up with the increased demands of technology, you will want to go with the highest bandwidth supported, which means CAT6. If your bandwidth needs are limited and you're just trying to wire up a device because it doesn't support WiFi, CAT5 is fine. The reason I say it's a no-brainer, however, is that Best Buy sells the Insignia 50' CAT6 cable for $34.99 and the CAT5 cable for $29.99. Five bucks is a small price to pay to future proof your Ethernet.
QuestionIs this the type of cable I need to hook directly in the back of my smart TV straight into an AT&T gateway receiver to get Internet ?
- Answer Hi, Blondie. I appreciate you taking the time to share this inquiry with us. This Network Cable is the same as an Ethernet when it comes to connection and it will definitely work for you to connect your router/modem to the TV. Alexander G. - Insignia Support
- Answer CAT 6 is faster
QuestionCan I use this cable to plug one end into an Ethernet port on a modem and the other end into a landline phone?
- Answer This will not plug into a phone line. The jack is different. A network RJ45 connection is just a little wider than a phone connection.
QuestionUse with MacBook ProTo use this with the above, do I also need to purchase an Apple adapter?
- Answer That will depend on which Model Mac you are looking at. The Retina models will require an adapter. The new MacBook uses a different type of USB port so you would need to get a compatible adapter.
- Answer Yes however depending on the distance you want to go as short as you can to keep the relay string however didn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t use a longer in if you need the range .
QuestionHello..can I use this cable to plug to the back of my internet modem & run to connect to my laptop?
- Answer Yes, I connected this cable into my Router/Internet Modem and laptop. It runs faster than wifi.
- Answer Not shielded
QuestionCan this cord connect from my router into a Lenovo laptop? Which port in the laptop? Thank you.
- Answer ABSOLUTELY IT WILL HOOK UP JUST SO LONG AS YPUR LAPTOP HAS A REGULAR ETHERNET PORT. SAME PORT THATS BEEN AROUND FOR YEARS AND LOOKS LIKE A LARGER TELEPHONE JACK. CAT5-6-7-8 ALL SAME PORT.
QuestionI have a phone line computer but no phone outlet do they make a phone jack that hooks to computer but connects to cable line. So cable line to phone line into computer
- Answer Sounds like you need a modem to plug the "cable" cable into, then you'll plug an Ethernet cable from the modem to the PC. A better and more secure way would be to put a wireless router between the modem and PC which will keep you protected from the Internet.
- Answer The cable jacket is only rated for indoor use. Dumping coffee on the cable jacket will not hurt it. But the cable jacket will not stand up to the weather. The connectors are standard molded plug in style, and are not waterproof. You can run this cable as a finished installation in a dry basement, attic, or suspended ceiling. But, the cable will not take high heat, and can not be run near lighting fixtures, stoves, electric heat baseboard, and so on. The old rule of thumb applies, if you can not hold your hand continuously where you want to run the cable, do not run the cable there!