what is better for home network cabling, UTP or STP?

isnt shielded better? but I have seen belkin cables specs to be utp.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Specs for ethernet are for UTP. No guarantees that shielded wire will work. IF you are pulling new cable consider pulling cat 6.

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  • 4 years ago

    Both cable types will work fine for you. STP is a cable that has the twisted signal wires shielded with a foil layer, this prevents electromagnetic interference effecting the network signal and would be used in an 'electrically noisy' environment. UTP is unshielded and is the most common type used. For what you want there would be no benefit from using STP cable, so go for the cheaper UTP option.

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  • 1 decade ago

    for a home network? UTP will be fine, the only things that would interfere would be your microwave or magnets, nothing in a normal household should bother your connection unless directly adjacent to the line , such as the cord running behind the microwave.

    STP is more expensive and used for industrial connections.

    Source(s): Getting a degree in A.A.S Network and Systems Administration
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