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Due to an upcoming surgery I need to move my computer from my basement to an upstairs family room (an addition). My home network consist of a total of 4 computers (including my computer and a spare gaming computer and 2 printers in the basement (one moving to the upstairs family room). The family room as one ethernet cable going to it now for my son computer which is staying there. I also have  television hard wired to my main tv plus one for the basement. My network now consist of cable (Charter) coming into modem then to a four port wireless router in the basement. Wireless router connects are: My main gaming computer, spare gaming computer, and printer with the 4th connection goes upstairs to a 4 port switch.  The switch has connections to my wife computer, 1 television upstairs and connection for basement tv and printer (on spitter) and the familyroom. I recently received a 16 port (TL-SG1016) switch from a friend. My wiring is a mixture of cat5e and cat6. I looking for suggestions on setup and if it worth to upgrade the wiring to cat6a or cat7. I am sorry for the long post but i wanted to give a clear picture of my current setup.

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Sorry, the question is just "should I upgrade to cat6a or better"? It would probably really only be necessary if you have very long cables - not sure exactly what the cutoff would be, but unless you have some bizarre setup, it's probably overkill in a home.



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It's been a while but if I remember correctly you should be good to about 300 feet


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Sorry, the question is just "should I upgrade to cat6a or better"? It would probably really only be necessary if you have very long cables - not sure exactly what the cutoff would be, but unless you have some bizarre setup, it's probably overkill in a home.

 

No, not even with very long cables. At the speed the network components can operate (the best a TL-SG1016 does is 1000Base-T) the current Cat 5e/6 cables will do just fine. You'd only neet Cat 6a or better to guarantee 10 GbE with long cables.

 

It's been a while but if I remember correctly you should be good to about 300 feet

 

It is - 100 meters to be exact. That's as far as the specifications guarantee full bandwith for individual segments.


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