Ethernet abling - Cat 6 vs Cat 5

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Alan, Apr 12, 2006.

  1. Alan

    Alan Guest

    Hi All,

    Can anyone give me a one line answer to whether I can and should be
    buying Cat 6 Ethernet cabling now?

    Can I plug in a Cat 6 cable between a switch and a PC and it will
    still work, even though there is Cat 5 cable between the switch and
    the upstream connection in the wall? I have been told different
    things by different people.

    My inclination is to buy Cat 6 cable so that we gradually have it
    available for when our PCs have gigabit cards, and all the
    infrastructure will eventually match.

    Thanks,

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    juicyjuice Guest

    cat6 is backwards compatible.. dosn't mater you still have cat5 on your
    network
    cat6 can handle the new gigbit speeds is all.

    "Alan" <> wrote in message
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    >
    > Hi All,
    >
    > Can anyone give me a one line answer to whether I can and should be buying
    > Cat 6 Ethernet cabling now?
    >
    > Can I plug in a Cat 6 cable between a switch and a PC and it will still
    > work, even though there is Cat 5 cable between the switch and the upstream
    > connection in the wall? I have been told different things by different
    > people.
    >
    > My inclination is to buy Cat 6 cable so that we gradually have it
    > available for when our PCs have gigabit cards, and all the infrastructure
    > will eventually match.
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Alan.
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    juicyjuice, Apr 12, 2006
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    Ewen McNeill Guest

    In article <iye%f.12750$>,
    Alan <> wrote:
    >Can anyone give me a one line answer to whether I can and should be
    >buying Cat 6 Ethernet cabling now?


    Unless the price is dramatically better for Cat5e cabling, then I'd buy
    Cat6 cable these days. Cat5e will pass Gigabit Ethernet if it's properly
    installed; Cat6 will definitely do so. Cat 5e is rated to 100Mhz (per pair)
    IIRC; Cat 6 is rated to 250MHz per pair. (Gigabit Ethernet in particular
    does some clever tricks to fit 1000Mbps over two pairs in each direction.)

    Cat 6 is likely to be required for any future (faster) Ethernet standard
    over copper, as they've pretty much reached the limits of Cat5e. (In fact
    I think some people were surprised they managed to get Gigabit ethernet
    over Cat5e.)

    If you have a switch in between the two cables you should have no trouble
    using Cat5e on one segment and Cat6 on the other. Especially if it's a
    100Mbps switch or slower.

    Ewen
     
    Ewen McNeill, Apr 12, 2006
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  4. Alan

    Alan Guest

    Great - So I should definately start buying Cat 6 now so that when we
    have gigabit cards and switches etc we can take advantage of it?

    Thanks,

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    "juicyjuice" <> wrote in message
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    > cat6 is backwards compatible.. dosn't mater you still have cat5 on
    > your network
    > cat6 can handle the new gigbit speeds is all.
    >
    > "Alan" <> wrote in message
    > news:iye%f.12750$...
    >>
    >> Hi All,
    >>
    >> Can anyone give me a one line answer to whether I can and should be
    >> buying Cat 6 Ethernet cabling now?
    >>
    >> Can I plug in a Cat 6 cable between a switch and a PC and it will
    >> still work, even though there is Cat 5 cable between the switch and
    >> the upstream connection in the wall? I have been told different
    >> things by different people.
    >>
    >> My inclination is to buy Cat 6 cable so that we gradually have it
    >> available for when our PCs have gigabit cards, and all the
    >> infrastructure will eventually match.
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >>
    >> Alan.
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    Alan, Apr 12, 2006
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    juicyjuice Guest

    uhuh, I would, and have :)
    cat5e also handles gigbit, but cat6 is better quality designed to handle
    1-250mhz wheras 5e can only handle 1-100mhz

    "Alan" <> wrote in message
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    > Great - So I should definately start buying Cat 6 now so that when we have
    > gigabit cards and switches etc we can take advantage of it?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Alan.
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    >> cat6 is backwards compatible.. dosn't mater you still have cat5 on your
    >> network
    >> cat6 can handle the new gigbit speeds is all.
    >>
    >> "Alan" <> wrote in message
    >> news:iye%f.12750$...
    >>>
    >>> Hi All,
    >>>
    >>> Can anyone give me a one line answer to whether I can and should be
    >>> buying Cat 6 Ethernet cabling now?
    >>>
    >>> Can I plug in a Cat 6 cable between a switch and a PC and it will still
    >>> work, even though there is Cat 5 cable between the switch and the
    >>> upstream connection in the wall? I have been told different things by
    >>> different people.
    >>>
    >>> My inclination is to buy Cat 6 cable so that we gradually have it
    >>> available for when our PCs have gigabit cards, and all the
    >>> infrastructure will eventually match.
    >>>
    >>> Thanks,
    >>>
    >>> Alan.
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    juicyjuice, Apr 12, 2006
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  6. Alan

    Alan Guest

    Great - thanks for your help.

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    "juicyjuice" <> wrote in message
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    > uhuh, I would, and have :)
    > cat5e also handles gigbit, but cat6 is better quality designed to
    > handle 1-250mhz wheras 5e can only handle 1-100mhz
    >
    > "Alan" <> wrote in message
    > news:aZe%f.12756$...
    >> Great - So I should definately start buying Cat 6 now so that when
    >> we have gigabit cards and switches etc we can take advantage of it?
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >>
    >> Alan.
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    >>> cat6 is backwards compatible.. dosn't mater you still have cat5 on
    >>> your network
    >>> cat6 can handle the new gigbit speeds is all.
    >>>
    >>> "Alan" <> wrote in message
    >>> news:iye%f.12750$...
    >>>>
    >>>> Hi All,
    >>>>
    >>>> Can anyone give me a one line answer to whether I can and should
    >>>> be buying Cat 6 Ethernet cabling now?
    >>>>
    >>>> Can I plug in a Cat 6 cable between a switch and a PC and it will
    >>>> still work, even though there is Cat 5 cable between the switch
    >>>> and the upstream connection in the wall? I have been told
    >>>> different things by different people.
    >>>>
    >>>> My inclination is to buy Cat 6 cable so that we gradually have it
    >>>> available for when our PCs have gigabit cards, and all the
    >>>> infrastructure will eventually match.
    >>>>
    >>>> Thanks,
    >>>>
    >>>> Alan.
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    Alan, Apr 12, 2006
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  7. Alan

    Alan Guest

    Hi,

    Follow up question - If I can be so cheeky!

    Is there any way to tell from either a PC or a console / session on a
    server, what the maximum throughput is between two endpoints?

    We have Cat 5(a?), Cat5e, and soon to be some Cat6 cabling around. We
    have 1000 megabit and 100 megabit switches, and we have PCs with both
    types of cards.

    I would really like to be able to know what the capacity is between
    two endpoints without having to go to the location, crawl around under
    the tables etc, and read cables, switches and stuff.

    Thanks,
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    Alan Guest

    Hi Ewan,

    I was planning on putting gigabit switches in that segment (it is
    actually three segments at that point - two switches) so that when I
    buy another cable (Cat6) I can move towards those PCs getting full
    gigabit service (they have the NICs necessary).

    Does that make any difference (you said I would be okay if the
    switches are 100 megabits or slower)?

    Thanks,

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    "Ewen McNeill" <> wrote in message
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    > In article <iye%f.12750$>,
    > Alan <> wrote:
    >>Can anyone give me a one line answer to whether I can and should be
    >>buying Cat 6 Ethernet cabling now?

    >
    > Unless the price is dramatically better for Cat5e cabling, then I'd
    > buy
    > Cat6 cable these days. Cat5e will pass Gigabit Ethernet if it's
    > properly
    > installed; Cat6 will definitely do so. Cat 5e is rated to 100Mhz
    > (per pair)
    > IIRC; Cat 6 is rated to 250MHz per pair. (Gigabit Ethernet in
    > particular
    > does some clever tricks to fit 1000Mbps over two pairs in each
    > direction.)
    >
    > Cat 6 is likely to be required for any future (faster) Ethernet
    > standard
    > over copper, as they've pretty much reached the limits of Cat5e.
    > (In fact
    > I think some people were surprised they managed to get Gigabit
    > ethernet
    > over Cat5e.)
    >
    > If you have a switch in between the two cables you should have no
    > trouble
    > using Cat5e on one segment and Cat6 on the other. Especially if
    > it's a
    > 100Mbps switch or slower.
    >
    > Ewen
     
    Alan, Apr 12, 2006
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  9. Alan

    Alan Guest

    "Alan" <> wrote in message
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    >
    > Hi,
    >
    > Follow up question - If I can be so cheeky!
    >
    > Is there any way to tell from either a PC or a console / session on
    > a server, what the maximum throughput is between two endpoints?
    >
    > We have Cat 5(a?), Cat5e, and soon to be some Cat6 cabling around.
    > We have 1000 megabit and 100 megabit switches, and we have PCs with
    > both types of cards.
    >
    > I would really like to be able to know what the capacity is between
    > two endpoints without having to go to the location, crawl around
    > under the tables etc, and read cables, switches and stuff.
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Alan
    >


    I should have said that we are running Windows SBS 2003 Premium and
    Windows Server 2003 at one end and Windows XP SP3 on the workstations.

    Thanks,

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    Alan Guest

    Darn - Spellchecker doesn't help with SP3!

    I meant XP SP2 of course

    Thanks,

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    "Alan" <> wrote in message
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    > "Alan" <> wrote in message
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    >>
    >> Hi,
    >>
    >> Follow up question - If I can be so cheeky!
    >>
    >> Is there any way to tell from either a PC or a console / session on
    >> a server, what the maximum throughput is between two endpoints?
    >>
    >> We have Cat 5(a?), Cat5e, and soon to be some Cat6 cabling around.
    >> We have 1000 megabit and 100 megabit switches, and we have PCs with
    >> both types of cards.
    >>
    >> I would really like to be able to know what the capacity is between
    >> two endpoints without having to go to the location, crawl around
    >> under the tables etc, and read cables, switches and stuff.
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >>
    >> Alan
    >>

    >
    > I should have said that we are running Windows SBS 2003 Premium and
    > Windows Server 2003 at one end and Windows XP SP3 on the
    > workstations.
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Alan.
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    Alan, Apr 12, 2006
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    Ewen McNeill Guest

    In article <Nrf%f.12766$>, Alan <> wrote:
    >I was planning on putting gigabit switches in that segment (it is
    >actually three segments at that point - two switches) so that when I
    >buy another cable (Cat6) I can move towards those PCs getting full
    >gigabit service (they have the NICs necessary).


    If you're putting in Gigabit switches I'd definitely get Cat6 cable.

    You will probably be okay with Gigabit on Cat5/Cat5e runs as well
    providing they're (a) well installed, and (b) fairly short (up to 20m
    or so should be no problem, up to about 100m if well installed and
    you have a fair wind. The difference between Cat5 and Cat5e is primarily
    quality control, both on making the cable and installation).

    Ewen
     
    Ewen McNeill, Apr 13, 2006
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    Alan Guest

    Thanks!

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    "Ewen McNeill" <> wrote in message
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    > In article <Nrf%f.12766$>, Alan
    > <> wrote:
    >>I was planning on putting gigabit switches in that segment (it is
    >>actually three segments at that point - two switches) so that when I
    >>buy another cable (Cat6) I can move towards those PCs getting full
    >>gigabit service (they have the NICs necessary).

    >
    > If you're putting in Gigabit switches I'd definitely get Cat6 cable.
    >
    > You will probably be okay with Gigabit on Cat5/Cat5e runs as well
    > providing they're (a) well installed, and (b) fairly short (up to
    > 20m
    > or so should be no problem, up to about 100m if well installed and
    > you have a fair wind. The difference between Cat5 and Cat5e is
    > primarily
    > quality control, both on making the cable and installation).
    >
    > Ewen
     
    Alan, Apr 13, 2006
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  13. On Thu, 13 Apr 2006 09:44:44 +1200, Alan wrote:

    > Can I plug in a Cat 6 cable between a switch and a PC and it will
    > still work, even though there is Cat 5 cable between the switch and
    > the upstream connection in the wall? I have been told different
    > things by different people.
    >
    > My inclination is to buy Cat 6 cable so that we gradually have it
    > available for when our PCs have gigabit cards, and all the
    > infrastructure will eventually match.


    Go with your inclination. Cat6 cabling is the better stuff - that's why it
    is spec'd to work over greater distances at greater speed.


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    Have A Nice Cup of Tea, Apr 13, 2006
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  14. On Thu, 13 Apr 2006 10:42:29 +1200, Alan wrote:

    > I would really like to be able to know what the capacity is between
    > two endpoints without having to go to the location, crawl around under
    > the tables etc, and read cables, switches and stuff.


    Have you considered reading the packaging that you bought the cables in?


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    Have A Nice Cup of Tea, Apr 13, 2006
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  15. Alan

    juicyjuice Guest

    do you mean to find out what cables you have already?
    like between cat5, 5e and 6
    apart from windows telling you wether you have connection at 100mbit or
    1000mbit then no.. the cables are just wires, not very smart in that sense
    but can transmit smart stuff lol

    btw, the e in 5e stands for 'extended' not version as it would appear.

    if you do go round every cable make a net diagram noting the cable cats -
    then you can x em off as you upgrade em.

    "Alan" <> wrote in message
    news:Iof%f.12765$...
    >
    > Hi,
    >
    > Follow up question - If I can be so cheeky!
    >
    > Is there any way to tell from either a PC or a console / session on a
    > server, what the maximum throughput is between two endpoints?
    >
    > We have Cat 5(a?), Cat5e, and soon to be some Cat6 cabling around. We
    > have 1000 megabit and 100 megabit switches, and we have PCs with both
    > types of cards.
    >
    > I would really like to be able to know what the capacity is between two
    > endpoints without having to go to the location, crawl around under the
    > tables etc, and read cables, switches and stuff.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > --
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    juicyjuice, Apr 13, 2006
    #15
  16. Alan

    juicyjuice Guest

    oh, and you could also physically tag the new cables at both ends with tape
    to know visually which ones are new and old =)

    "juicyjuice" <> wrote in message
    news:e1kbgr$hci$...
    > do you mean to find out what cables you have already?
    > like between cat5, 5e and 6
    > apart from windows telling you wether you have connection at 100mbit or
    > 1000mbit then no.. the cables are just wires, not very smart in that sense
    > but can transmit smart stuff lol
    >
    > btw, the e in 5e stands for 'extended' not version as it would appear.
    >
    > if you do go round every cable make a net diagram noting the cable cats -
    > then you can x em off as you upgrade em.
    >
    > "Alan" <> wrote in message
    > news:Iof%f.12765$...
    >>
    >> Hi,
    >>
    >> Follow up question - If I can be so cheeky!
    >>
    >> Is there any way to tell from either a PC or a console / session on a
    >> server, what the maximum throughput is between two endpoints?
    >>
    >> We have Cat 5(a?), Cat5e, and soon to be some Cat6 cabling around. We
    >> have 1000 megabit and 100 megabit switches, and we have PCs with both
    >> types of cards.
    >>
    >> I would really like to be able to know what the capacity is between two
    >> endpoints without having to go to the location, crawl around under the
    >> tables etc, and read cables, switches and stuff.
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >> --
    >>
    >> The views expressed are my own, and not those of my employer or anyone
    >> else associated with me.
    >>
    >> My current valid email address is:
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> This is valid as is. It is not munged, or altered at all.
    >>
    >> It will be valid for AT LEAST one month from the date of this post.
    >>
    >> If you are trying to contact me after that time,
    >> it MAY still be valid, but may also have been
    >> deactivated due to spam. If so, and you want
    >> to contact me by email, try searching for a
    >> more recent post by me to find my current
    >> email address.
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    >> can use to find posts by me in a search engine:
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    >
    >
     
    juicyjuice, Apr 13, 2006
    #16
  17. Alan

    SNOman Guest

    Been using cat 6 here for close to 3 years

    Alan wrote:
    > Hi All,
    >
    > Can anyone give me a one line answer to whether I can and should be
    > buying Cat 6 Ethernet cabling now?
    >
    > Can I plug in a Cat 6 cable between a switch and a PC and it will
    > still work, even though there is Cat 5 cable between the switch and
    > the upstream connection in the wall? I have been told different
    > things by different people.
    >
    > My inclination is to buy Cat 6 cable so that we gradually have it
    > available for when our PCs have gigabit cards, and all the
    > infrastructure will eventually match.
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Alan.
     
    SNOman, Apr 13, 2006
    #17
  18. Alan

    Alan Guest

    "Have A Nice Cup of Tea" <> wrote in message
    news:p...
    > On Thu, 13 Apr 2006 10:42:29 +1200, Alan wrote:
    >
    >> I would really like to be able to know what the capacity is between
    >> two endpoints without having to go to the location, crawl around
    >> under
    >> the tables etc, and read cables, switches and stuff.

    >
    > Have you considered reading the packaging that you bought the cables
    > in?
    >
    >
    > Have A Nice Cup of Tea
    >
    > --
    > "Only one thing is impossible for a Vorlon to understand:
    > How to change the IRQ setting in any DOS computer."
    >


    I hadn't thought of that.

    Now, where is that time machine so I go back a few years and find out
    who bought the cables and what they did with the packaging?

    Any ideas on the actual question of how to do it from the console or
    workstation - or even if it is possible?

    Thanks,

    Alan.
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    Alan, Apr 13, 2006
    #18
  19. Alan

    Alan Guest

    Good advice - I will start doing that.

    Thanks
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    "juicyjuice" <> wrote in message
    news:e1kbn1$hqv$...
    > oh, and you could also physically tag the new cables at both ends
    > with tape to know visually which ones are new and old =)
    >
    > "juicyjuice" <> wrote in message
    > news:e1kbgr$hci$...
    >> do you mean to find out what cables you have already?
    >> like between cat5, 5e and 6
    >> apart from windows telling you wether you have connection at
    >> 100mbit or 1000mbit then no.. the cables are just wires, not very
    >> smart in that sense but can transmit smart stuff lol
    >>
    >> btw, the e in 5e stands for 'extended' not version as it would
    >> appear.
    >>
    >> if you do go round every cable make a net diagram noting the cable
    >> cats - then you can x em off as you upgrade em.
    >>
    >> "Alan" <> wrote in message
    >> news:Iof%f.12765$...
    >>>
    >>> Hi,
    >>>
    >>> Follow up question - If I can be so cheeky!
    >>>
    >>> Is there any way to tell from either a PC or a console / session
    >>> on a server, what the maximum throughput is between two endpoints?
    >>>
    >>> We have Cat 5(a?), Cat5e, and soon to be some Cat6 cabling around.
    >>> We have 1000 megabit and 100 megabit switches, and we have PCs
    >>> with both types of cards.
    >>>
    >>> I would really like to be able to know what the capacity is
    >>> between two endpoints without having to go to the location, crawl
    >>> around under the tables etc, and read cables, switches and stuff.
    >>>
    >>> Thanks,
    >>> --
    >>>
    >>> The views expressed are my own, and not those of my employer or
    >>> anyone
    >>> else associated with me.
    >>>
    >>> My current valid email address is:
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> This is valid as is. It is not munged, or altered at all.
    >>>
    >>> It will be valid for AT LEAST one month from the date of this
    >>> post.
    >>>
    >>> If you are trying to contact me after that time,
    >>> it MAY still be valid, but may also have been
    >>> deactivated due to spam. If so, and you want
    >>> to contact me by email, try searching for a
    >>> more recent post by me to find my current
    >>> email address.
    >>>
    >>> The following is a (probably!) totally unique
    >>> and meaningless string of characters that you
    >>> can use to find posts by me in a search engine:
    >>>
    >>> ewygchvboocno43vb674b6nq46tvb
    >>>
    >>>

    >>
    >>

    >
    >
     
    Alan, Apr 13, 2006
    #19
  20. Alan

    Alan Guest

    "Have A Nice Cup of Tea" <> wrote in message
    news:p...
    > On Thu, 13 Apr 2006 09:44:44 +1200, Alan wrote:
    >
    >> Can I plug in a Cat 6 cable between a switch and a PC and it will
    >> still work, even though there is Cat 5 cable between the switch and
    >> the upstream connection in the wall? I have been told different
    >> things by different people.
    >>
    >> My inclination is to buy Cat 6 cable so that we gradually have it
    >> available for when our PCs have gigabit cards, and all the
    >> infrastructure will eventually match.

    >
    > Go with your inclination. Cat6 cabling is the better stuff - that's
    > why it
    > is spec'd to work over greater distances at greater speed.
    >
    >
    > Have A Nice Cup of Tea
    >
    > --
    > "When a company starts fighting over IP, it's a
    > sign they've lost the real battle, for users."
    >


    Will do then.

    Thanks for your advice,

    Alan.
    --

    The views expressed are my own, and not those of my employer or anyone
    else associated with me.

    My current valid email address is:



    This is valid as is. It is not munged, or altered at all.

    It will be valid for AT LEAST one month from the date of this post.

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    deactivated due to spam. If so, and you want
    to contact me by email, try searching for a
    more recent post by me to find my current
    email address.

    The following is a (probably!) totally unique
    and meaningless string of characters that you
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    ewygchvboocno43vb674b6nq46tvb
     
    Alan, Apr 13, 2006
    #20
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