Cat 6 (Category/Level 6) Ethernet cables are by far the best combination of speed/affordability that you can purchase today, with speeds up to ten times faster than Cat 5 Ethernet, while still being less expensive than next generation Category 7 Ethernet cables.
The best short Cat 6 Ethernet Cables available today:
AmazonBasics RJ45 Cat-6 Ethernet Patch Cable – 5 Feet (1.5 Meters)
This basic black Cat-6 ethernet cable is five feet long (there is also a sister cable that’s 3 feet long if you need a shorter ethernet cable). It transmit data at a speed of up to 1 Gigabit per second (Category 6) and comes with a one year warranty.
Here’s a ten foot ethernet cable that’s certified for category 6 speed transfers (000BASE-T/1000BASE-TX). It’s black and offers easy pinch disconnectors and has gotten great reviews from Amazon buyers. Some customers also comment that it’s thinner compared to other ethernet cables.
The best medium length Cat 6 Ethernet Cables available today:
Cable Matters Cat6 Snagless Ethernet Patch Cable – 25 Feet
This Cat6 ethernet cable is 25 feet in length (7.6 meters) and comes in black. Like other ethernet cables, you can use it for wired networking including desktop computers, wifi routers, modems, printers, laptops, video surveillance, ethernet switches, and hubs for LANs (local area networks).
Cable Matters Cat6 Snagless Ethernet Patch Cable 50 Feet
Here’s another well-reviewed Cat6 ethernet cable: this one is 50 feet long (15 meters) and comes in black. Like all the other Cat 6 ethernet cables featured in this list, this cable offers a snagless design, which means that the pinch clip used to hook and unlock the cable to ports has a protective cover over the end, preventing it from getting snagged from other cables and breaking.
The best long Cat 6 Ethernet Cables available today:
Cable Matters Cat6 Snagless Ethernet Patch Cable in Black 100 Feet
Here’s a 100 foot Category 6 Ethernet cable that’s garnered nearly 100% five star reviews from Amazon buyers. It features a snagless design and offers a limited lifetime warranty and product support.
Cat6 Outdoor Waterproof Ethernet Cable Direct Burial 250 ft
Need a Cat 6 cable longer than 100 feet? Here’s a 250 foot Cat 6 ethernet cable. Ethernet cables can reach up to about 300 feet before you start hitting the practical length limits where data transmission is not guaranteed. If you need a cable significantly longer than that, you might want to look into an ethernet switch or hub to daisy chain multiple cables together, end to end.