All depends what you want to do with it. In my honest, and uninformed opinion, Cat 3 would be fine for telephone and dial up modem lines. However if you envision there to be a higher data load placed on the cable then you should go Cat 5. FYI, the new homes here in Southern Ca say that they are all wired in with Cat 5 wiring. Scott
Re: Cat. 3 vs. Cat. 5#19389 12/26/0206:31 PM12/26/0206:31 PM
At long last! I no longer feel like a voice in the wilderness.
For a long time I've held that cat 3 is plenty good for voice lines and standard modems. And here in high-tech Northern California, everyone seems to think it's gotta be cat 5 or better--even for voice lines.
The cat 3 is so much easier than cat 5 to dress and punch down on 66 blocks (which I use for bigger residential installs), I'll go out of my way to get it.
Re: Cat. 3 vs. Cat. 5#19393 12/27/0206:06 PM12/27/0206:06 PM
CAT3 is not obsolete! In a residential install it is fine as the others have said above. CAT3 is the minimum cable accepted by BICSI (the NEC for voice and data). I am sure one day it will be obsolete... but till then PULL IT.
Re: Cat. 3 vs. Cat. 5#19394 12/27/0207:10 PM12/27/0207:10 PM
Ok ok.. rotfl.. I must add to this.. I know about all this.. Cat1 - Phones Cat2 - Phones Cat3 - Phones/10BaseT Cat5 - Data Cat5e - Data Cat6 - Data
Thats a cat rating from a text book from my lan specialist class.. All you have to do is make sure the color code is the same on either side of the cat3 for the data. but for the cost involved in the Cat5 (52 or so buks for a 1000' roll) its better to just use Cat3 for the phones and Cat5 for the data..
And no, Cat3 is much alive.. you can buy it at home depot, and it is widely used for phones/modem lines by some data installation crews.. Its kind of like the old BNC, its still usefull in some applications but there is another newer shinier cable in front of the Cat3