Our Picks for Best Ethernet Cables

Plug this cable in and watch your connection speeds fly.

Plug this cable in and watch your connection speeds fly. (Pixabay/)

Ethernet cables have become like little insurance policies for the quality and consistency of our devices. We’ve reviewed a few of the more popular and powerful ones below, each of which provides quantified quality assurance – and thus, peace of mind.

It’s waterproof, anti-corrosive, and built to withstand sunlight and temperature changes.

It’s waterproof, anti-corrosive, and built to withstand sunlight and temperature changes. (Cat 8 Ethernet Cable/)

Dacron’s Cat 8 cable has been tailored for the multipurpose rigors of home use. Even pets and outdoor animals will find its UV-resistant PVC covering impenetrable, and it can be buried underground and still deliver efficiently. Available in lengths ranging from 1.5 feet to 150 feet and with free cable clips included, these cables are easily fitted underneath carpets and along walls and doors, keeping your home and office tidy. With a maximum networking speed at 40Gbps, surfing, video streaming and online gaming are an exercise of speed and efficiency.

These flexible cables don’t sacrifice stability and dependability.

These flexible cables don’t sacrifice stability and dependability. (Amazon Basics RJ45 Cat-6 Ethernet Patch/)

With extra plastic around the end of the cable to protect the tab from breaking and the end of the cord from fraying, Amazon’s Basic RJ45 is thicker and sturdier than many of its competitors. It comes in lengths from 3 to 50 feet, and transmits data at speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second. It also comes with a tangle-free boot on the connector designed to allow yanks and pulls. This boot and the thicker wiring can make hiding this cable a challenge. But the tradeoff is a wire that can take a beating and last through it.

Run it along walls, edges and corners – it will even slide unnoticed underneath carpet.

Run it along walls, edges and corners – it will even slide unnoticed underneath carpet. (Cat 6 Ethernet Cable/)

For those who want their ethernet connections to be ubiquitous, this thin white cord is the perfect flat-sided cable to weave unnoticed between devices. You don’t sacrifice performance either as all Jadaol Cat 6 cables are built from copper wire rather than copper-coated aluminum wire, providing exceptional transmission performance and low signal losses. Built to be “future proof,” it supports internet speeds up to 10-gigabit. Perfect for PCs, computer servers, printers, routers, switch boxes, network media players, Xbox, PS, gaming, PoE devices, NAS, and VoIP phones.

Suitable for AI smart products, like Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, Google Home and other smart home and office products.

Suitable for AI smart products, like Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, Google Home and other smart home and office products. (Cat8 Ethernet Cable/)

This heavy-duty performer receives praise for the reduced EMI/RFI interference and high fidelity that its quadruple-shielded Cat8 ethernet cable provides. Its quality UV-resistant PVC jacket allows it to be planted outdoors. It withstands extreme exposure to sunlight and changes in temperature, humidity and weather. Waterproofed and anti-corrosive, it is suitable for both outdoor and indoor use. This cable is so durable and flexible it can be buried directly with no drop in capability. It supports bandwidth up to 2000MHz and boosts the speed of data transmission up to 40Gbps, allowing for seamless streaming of HD videos, music, internet services, and playing games at hyper speed.

Built for future-proof speed and reliable connectivity.

Built for future-proof speed and reliable connectivity. (Cable Matters Snagless/)

Gamers love this cable. It supports up to 550 MHz and is suitable for fast ethernet, gigabit ethernet, and 10-gigabit ethernet, providing exceptional transmission performance and low signal losses. The 550 MHz guarantees high-speed data transfer for server applications, cloud computing, video surveillance, and online high-definition video streaming. Made of bare copper wire as opposed to copper clad aluminum (CCA) wire, the snagless design allows for easier unplugging, and gold-plated contacts ensure signal integrity. Perfect for wired home and office networks.

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