Linked by JoanneRodgers on Thu 15th May 2008 23:02 UTC
Features, Office In a June 2003 Wired Magazine interview, Martha Stewart said, "Bill Gates' house, for example, is totally out of date now. He built it right before wireless happened. The big tunnels for all his wires - he doesn't need any of that stuff anymore." The article wasn't about networking, or even technology, but I was struck by that statement because it was echoed by several people when I was explaining that I was running many thousands of feet of cable in OSNews' "house of the future." "Is all that cable really necessary now that there's wireless everything?" people said. As much as I respect Martha Stewart's business and design acumen, neither she, nor those people who talked to me, know what they're talking about. When it comes to networking, there's no substitute for a wire, when a wire's available. -- This is the latest entry in our 2008 Article Contest.
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Cat5e and 6
by chrono13 on Fri 16th May 2008 04:02 UTC
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Though it does cost more, Cat6 is close in price. Isn't it worth it for home wiring to wire for the future rather than what is standard now?

As an example, a few years ago one could have had this question regarding cat3/5. Sure 5 cost a little more, and you can't imagine needing more than 10mb/s network *now*, but later, in the future, won't you have wished that you spent the little extra toward future proofing*?

*I understand that future proofing is in no way fool-proof in that we could shift to optical quickly or something else entirely. But when you see the next step, and it isn't that much more - why not?

My question then is, why so many going with 5e rather than 6? Are you getting huge discounts on 5e? If so, links please : )

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