Best Ethernet Cable for Gaming

While I personally have never consistently used an ethernet cable, I understand their importance. At my house, we have four WiFi extenders and can get full signal everywhere on the property without a problem (that being said it does occasionally slow down). I have friends who use ethernet cables and friends who don't, there is a very clear difference between the two that mainly falls on two things. Reliability, and consistency. These are really the things that define an ethernet cable and what it has over WiFi. When it comes to gaming, the smooth and consistent connection is very important, especially if you can get it for cheap.

Here are the best ethernet cables for gaming.

Why Do You Need an Ethernet Cable?

Like I mentioned in the paragraph above, it comes down to two main things, reliability, and consistency.

Reliability

I think that ethernet cables are generally more reliable because of multiple things. The main one is that it is something physical. If an issue comes up, there is a physical object for you to look at and figure out what the problem is. WiFi is an invisible signal that you cannot touch and could be screwed up by a number of things. I personally think that this makes it more reliable because it is easier to deal with and fix.

Consistency

I think there is one thing that makes it consistent. The fact that it is physical. This basically affects everything if you didn't figure it out buy now. The fact that it is physical means that you can guide the signal and plug it into one item. The only way the signal could become weaker is if the power goes out or your modem/router is old and about to die. Because the signal is being pinpointed and directed into one machine, the signal will be almost perfectly consistent and won't be weakened by passing through walls and ceilings.

What Makes a Great Ethernet Cable?

Length

Making sure that the length of your cable is correct is pretty important. I like to have one that is exactly the right size so make sure you measure the route your are planning on running your cable. Amazon has different length options right below the name of the product on their website.

Protection

Some of these cables are extra protected and sturdy. This mainly prevents dogs and cats from chewing up your cables, but I guess it could stop other things as well.

Speed

This isn't as important because as long as you have a some what decent router you will be running games super fast, but it does make a difference. The fastest cables will run incredible smooth and encounter little to no issues.

Future Proofing

The newest "type" of ethernet cable is the Cat7 model, it is compatible with the Cat5, Cat6, and Cat6a models. Since it is backwards compatible with these, it is probably safe to assume that the Cat7 cables will be compatible with Cat8's when those are released. So that makes future proofing pretty simple. The only reason they wouldn't be compatible is if the Cat8 cables are based off of a whole new design. This would most likely not happen because then all routers and modems would have to be remade to support that.

Best Ethernet Cable for Gaming

This Vandesail cable is a Cat7, and runs at 10 Gb/s. It supports bandwidths up to 1000 Mhz and has to RJ45 connectors at either end. These connectors prevent electromagnetic interference, that combined with the high bandwidth and speed make for a smooth and fast gaming experience. On Amazon, you can find it in 3ft, 6.5ft, 10ft, and 16ft.

Pros:

Pros:

Cat7


10 Gb/s and 1000 Mhz bandwidth


Twisted cables to avoid degrading signal quality


RJ45 connectors protect from electromagnetic interference


Recommendation:

I think that this is probably the best ethernet cable for gaming, the only reason not to go for it is durability. The Tera Grand has much more protection so if you are planning on someone or something being rough on it, go for that one. This cable supports almost twice the bandwidth and is only slightly cheaper, it is a matter of cents. I think with this one, you just get more bang for your buck.

The Tera Grand is a Cat7 cable, currently the newest model. It runs at 10 Gb/s at 600 Mhz, easily on the faster side of ethernet cables. The twisted cable pair is shielded by aluminum mylar foil and 85% tinned copper braid shield. This will not be damaged very easily and will most likely die due to life length rather than being destroyed. You can find it in 3ft, 7ft, 10ft, 14ft, 25ft, and 50ft.

Pros:

Pros:

Cat7


10 Gb/s and 600 Mhz bandwidth


Double shielded (aluminum mylar foil and 85% tinned copper)


RJ45 connectors protect from electromagnetic interference


Recommendation

I think it is pretty hard to say a top rated ethernet cable is bad, so in all honesty, these are mainly rated based off of price. This cable is the most protected against any sort of interference that might arise. That probably makes it the one best ethernet cable for gaming because one, there is very low chance of electromagnetic interference, and two, it is the cheapest.

Just like all the others, the MATEIN cable is a Cat7 running at 10 Gb/s. It supports bandwidths up to 600Mhz (slower than the Vandesail) and has RJ45 connectors once again. The cables are 100% bare copper wire and are twisted but unshielded. You can find it at 50ft on Amazon, there are unfortunately no other options. Comes with 20 clips for free.

Pros:

Pros:

Cat7

Only at 50ft

10 Gb/s and 600 Mhz bandwidth


100% bare copper, twisted but unshielded


RJ45 connectors protect from electromagnetic interference


Recommendation

Because it comes with those 20 clips, I think this is the best option if you are not planning on running the cable through walls. The free clips mean that you can easily run it in the crease of the ceiling or the crease of the floor with ease. It is also the thinnest product on the list meaning it can go under carpet and you will not see or feel it.  Like iI've said, these products are basically the same thing, just with different little features.

The Bxton cable, once again, runs at 10 Gb/s with bandwidths up to 600Mhz. It as two RJ45 connectors on either side to prevent electromagnetic interference. Unlike some of the others, it is shielded, but not as significantly as the Tera Grand. It has 4 twisted wires instead of 2, I'm not 100% sure if it has a major noticeable effect, but it is something worth noting. The only available option for length is 100 feet.

Pros:

Pros:

Cat7

Only at 100ft

10 Gb/s and 600 Mhz bandwidth


4 twisted and shielded wires


RJ45 connectors protect from electromagnetic interference


Recommendation

I mainly threw this in here for anyone who needs a super long cable. If your like me and you gaming setup is really far away from your router or modem, you need a long cable. It has the same speed and bandwidth as the MATEIN and Tera Grand, it is just significantly longer.

Conclusion

I think that the Vandesail 2 Pack Cat7 RJ45 LAN Cable is the best ethernet cable for gaming. You could make an argument for the Tera Grand if you need the extra protection, but personally, I would prefer the extra bandwidth. In addition to this, it is only slightly more expensive than the Tera Grand and you are getting lost twice the bandwidth.

If you are looking for a new monitor for your PC or console to go along with you ethernet cable, check out our article on the best gaming monitor under $200.

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