Can't seem to get a straight answer on one question. Can anyone provide real world experience?
We have a 20 user Ethernet network running 10/100 speed over CAT 5 cable. If we upgrade to a 10/100/1000 switch can we run the 1000 speed over CAT5 reliably or must we bite the bullet and yank all the CAT5 and install CAT6? Any experience and advice would be appreciated.
We have several 1GB connections over CAT5 (not 5E) that was installed 10 years ago on runs up to 300ft. I have not had any problems or errors. Every situation is different. Try and see if it works without errors.
IMHO a spec is what will work with low end equipment. Most good switches will tolerate cable that is somewhat outside the specs. For example, 328ft is the spec for a maximum cable run, but we have 3 drops of CAT5E run underground to an out building that are about 550ft and have never had a single problem. They are plugged into a Linksys SRW224P switch and connect at 100M. I wouldn't try to run 1G that distance but there is some leeway built into the specs and as long as everything you buy is not low end then you should be ok.