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Cat 5 cable lenght vs internet gaming speed
copperpipe Nov-02-01 10:31 PM
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I have a SMC 7004BR router w/ Roadrunner cable svc serving 3 PC's on a home network. I recently moved one of my PC's and replaced its short 7' cat 5e (Belkin retail product) with a longer 50' cat 5e (another Belkin) cable.

After doing this, my son (an avid and skillful gamer) complained that his online gaming (Counterstrike) was noticeably slower (more laggy) and hence he was getting killed more often. However, when I used that PC, I did not see much difference in the internet navigation speed (actually, I couldn't tell the difference). I subsequently made successive tests - alternating the longer and shorter cables on his PC. And in every instance he was able to see the difference.

I also tried putting the 50' cable between the cable modem and the router, and again he noticed the slowdown.

When I ping from one computer to another on the network, the ping time shows < 1 ms with either cable attached.

It seems that I have to stick with short cables for his gaming PC. Does this make sense?


1. RE: Cat 5 cable lenght vs internet gaming speed
lbyard Nov-03-01 03:44 PM
In response to message 0
> It seems that I have to stick with short cables for his gaming PC.

Or get a cable that is not defective. A 50-foot cable will be just as fast as a 7-foot cable if it is made properly and with the correct materials. Larry


2. RE: Cat 5 cable lenght vs internet gaming speed
copperpipe Nov-07-01 07:46 PM
In response to message 1
After some more careful and deliberate testing, we've confirmed that the 50' cable is as fast as the 7' cable (sometimes reality becomes distorted by emotional responses).

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