I came across some flat ethernet cables (like this) and was thinking of picking some up, but I have no idea if their performance would be degraded compared to regular cables.
Does anyone know anything about them?
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First off, the manufacturer may claim Category-6, but the UTP standard says that patch cords cannot exceed 5 meters, and this claims 100'.
It is highly unlikely that this cable can actually pass the Category-6 suite for patch cords in all the other tests in the suite (it will fail for length). If you happen to get one, get it tested on a high-end tester that can test the Category-6 suite.
At speeds up to 1 Gb, Category-5E and Category-6 will both either work at the full 1 Gb, or they are not properly installed. A cable system only gets the rating of the lowest rated component (horizontal cable, terminations, patch panels, patch cords, etc.) in the system. Buying Category-6 anything to add to a lower rated system is a waste of money.