To maintain transmission characteristics and network integrity, it's essential to use the correct type of patch-cord to match the installation. A network port will perform only at the level of the LOWEST-rated component in the chain. If a Cat-5 or Cat-5E patch-cord is used in a Cat-6 system, only Cat-5 or Cat-5E specifications will be achieved for that circuit.
|To distinguish a Cat-6 plug from a Cat-5 or a Cat-5E plug, just simply look at the way the cable's wires have been terminated at the end of the plug.|
|A Cat-5 or a Cat-5E plug will ALWAYS have all eight wires in a single row|
|The majority of Cat-6 plugs will have wires in two rows with four wires per row|
|Some Cat-6 plugs will have wires in two rows with 6 wires in the top row and 2 wires in the bottom row.|