Future proofed HighDef data/AV streaming

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  1. DarkKnight

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    Hi all,

    I'm planning ahead for a new home I'm buying and wanted to lay down a home network to stream AV content around the house. This is likely to be via Media server which can send and receive data, audio, voice and IR.

    However, I would like this future proofed to handle High Definition content when it eventually hits the UK.

    Can CAT5E handle this ?

    If not what type of cabling should I consider ?

    Also, would I need any special type of hub/switch or plug convertors to handle this ?

    (Apols if this question has been asked before, but I couldn't find anything!)
     
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    Yes Cat5E will handle it, but if you really want to future proof yourself, get Cat6 which is guaranteed to do Gb and a obviously you'll want to get a Gb Switch and NIC's.

    However to stream HD material you will need hi-end PC's to get any kind of results out of it.
     
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    Many Thanks Stripe.

    HDTV PC Tuner cards are available now in the US and it's just a matter of time before they hit these shores.

    However, from what I can tell from http://www.lanshack.com/cat5e-tutorial.asp, CAT6 seems to just be a more stringent standards version of CAT5E.

    Does the bandwidth vary amoungst these versions ?

    I assume CAT6 most be more costly ?
     
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    Cat6 really is just an updated version on 5E but it is guaranteed to do what it claims, you'll probably not notice any difference.
     

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