bobauh2o wrote:As long as you have quality CAT 5 cable with properly terminated rj45's it will work fine between 2 Gigabit devices.
Maybe for some values of "work fine" that involve not getting any decent throughput and/or the devices negotiating down to 100BT or 10BT. Seriously, only a complete id1ot would ever attempt to run GigE over Cat5 for any application where they even remotely care about performance. Everyone knows Cat5e is the minimum, and for longer runs you either want Cat6 or just use fiber.
Actually, you could hook barb wire between 2 Gigabit devices as long as the devices have sufficient error correction (seen it done many times at CES.)
Four pairs of any wire may carry a signal a short distance, and yeah that's a fine demonstration of expensive high-end transceivers and hardware but it has little bearing on the reality of running production networks. You could go pretty fast in a Ferrari even if you put bald S-rated tires on it too... For a little while, but why?
I guess you are going to tell me that the gold tips make a difference too on a digital interface? Do you work for Monster?
They inhibit corrosion, just like they always have since the days of composite video, etc. So, yes, if you live in a humid environment and/or touch the cables a lot then after a period of time you might have a corrosion problem on connectors that aren't gold plated.
And no, I don't give rip about brand names, but there ARE quality cables and there ARE cheap junky ones. Not all the quality ones are super expensive and not all the junky ones are really cheap, though as a general rule most of the expensive ones tend to be fairly well made because if they weren't then absolutely nobody would bother buying them. I was merely saying you should buy an HDMI cable that is rated "High Speed" which these are.
(and no I don't work for Monster or any other cable manufacturer or reseller)