Cat 5e is fine for short runs, and, at the end of the day, its really personal choice. I don't use anything less than Cat 6, so I have a mix of Cat 6, 6a and 8 cables in use. Our house was built with Structured wiring which has Cat 5e embedded within the wire bundle, so, stuck with that, but, as I indicated earlier, 2.5/5/10 Gb/s switches will take care of any data rate shortcomings in the future.
If you happen to have Cat 6 cables on hand, I'd use those. I wouldn't necessarily go out and buy Cat 6 cables unless you happen need more ethernet cables.
Fwiw, the cabling is rated for 100 metre distances. Here's a couple of references:
From that search comes the following site which is worth a quick read thru:
Hi all. So I am about to switch to Ignite TV (3boxes) with Gigabit internet from my legacy digital package which I currently have set up in bridge mode with my ASUS RT-AC66U B. I'd really like to keep everything in bridge mode with my SSID's remaining the same. I have numerous Google displays, wifi lights, cameras, outlets, smart TV's and a wifi thermostat. I also make use of my guest network. I've read quite a few pages in this thread and think it shouldn't be too much of a problem. Is bridge mode the best option, or maybe the AP route? I'm a little sketchy about the whole thing. Thank you.
What are the steps to use a new tp link archer ax6000 router with ignite modem/router xb6?
I am new to the world of computers and have very little knowledge. Would someone please share the steps involved with attaching a new tp link archer ax6000 to the rogers ignite modem/router xb6.
For configuration settings, I'd consult the manufacture of your router. However, it's as simple as putting the Rogers modem into bridging mode (you typically see that setting when you first log into your modem), connecting your router, and then linking the Ignite boxes with WPS or manually in the network settings entering the SSID and password of your router to get them to work.
Ignite Modem Networking Questions:
I am looking to get some information on the correct setup for my network. I am a beginner, the last time I looked at the settings on our modem was 7-10 years ago. My family recently changed to Ignite and replaced our old modem.
Simultaneously I got my family an updated switch. Our previous switch was one that my father bought a long time ago and everything seemed to be working with it despite not having a router between it and the modem.
After getting the Ignite modem, I connected the new gigabit switch and all previously connected devices. The internet worked for a week or two, but then the devices connected to the switch stopped getting an internet connection and the modem started having issues. I have since got a new modem from Rogers and want to set up things correctly this time.
From reading a few threads what I understand is that this is because I don't have a router between the Ignite modem and the switch and that I need a router for IP assignment for the devices connected to the switch. In our house there are multiple computers, laptops, android boxes, video game consoles, and the Rogers Ignite TV boxes.
Is my understanding about my previous internet connection problem correct? Do I need to get a router and place it between the modem and the switch? After I do that, do I need to do anything in the router like change information in its settings? Will I need to manually add the information for the devices I want to be able to connect to the router or is it automatic? Do I then just plug the router into the switch and nothing more?
Do I need to put the Roger's Ignite modem into bridge mode, so that I can use the routers WiFi with the Ignite TV boxes?
Sorry if these are obvious questions I just really don't understand what the first steps are and don't want to assume I am right. The internet is working now because all I have connected is two computers into the back of the modem and everything else by WiFi, but I would like to have many other devices connected by Ethernet.
If anyone could provide some instructions on what to do then thank you in advance for the information.
Yes, my devices (cell phone, laptops, etc) are connected to the WiFi right now.
I had previously connected two RJ45 cables from the modem to two seperate switches. Then from the switches I had connections running to my devices, but one day everything just stopped working and I couldn't get a connection.
For a little bit of time I still had the WiFi connection, but then that went away too. I got a new modem, but when I tried to connect the new modem to the switch I had no connection for the devices connected to the switch.
I was only able to get a connection after connecting the RJ445 directly from the new modem to a device (computer in this case).
It was disabled before and it is disabled currently. I don't have my own router at the moment, only the ignite modem and the switches which are not connected currently since I had an issue.
Okay, that's good. Thanks for confirming. There is no reason why you should not be able to connect devices to the XB6 gateway through a switch.
What type of switch are you using? Are they inexpensive (unmanaged, zero-configuration-required) "desktop" LAN switches, or did you purchase a managed switch or layer-3 switch that requires configuration?
If you have two simple, unmanaged LAN switches, you can uplink these individually to the XB6... but if you do this, then do not ALSO connect those switch to each other or else you will create a loop in your network.