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I'd like to know what kind of hardware I'll need to set up a Gigabit network in the company I work in. We're 12 workers with a few splitters and 3 servers. We already have a Gigabit router and 1 splitter. Do I need new cables? Thanks for your answers.

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What in this context is a "Splitter"? – pjc50 Oct 20 '09 at 9:23
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To make your network completely Gigabit, you will need all routers and switches to be Gigabit capable. You will also need Gigabit capable network cards in all machines.

Cat 5 cabling is able to support 1000-BaseT, however Cat 5e may give slightly better perforamnce

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Thanks again. How can I see the difference between the cables? I mean Cat 5, Cat 5e or Cat 6? – waszkiewicz May 27 '09 at 9:06
Unfortunately there is very little visible difference. You will often have to rely on looking at the text on the side of the cable to determine its type. – Sam May 27 '09 at 9:09
Thank you very much for your help! – waszkiewicz May 27 '09 at 9:16
you need rather fiber optic cables possibly. – s_ruchit May 27 '09 at 10:23
1000Mbit speeds are perfectly possible with cat 5 cabling, there is no need for fibre – Sam May 27 '09 at 10:46

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