Gone are the days of just stick a blue cable and will work.
I was at a products briefing a month ago and the main speaker during the course of the day kept on saying "you just needing to connect the devices with a "Blue Cable" and away they would go".
And this myth lives on and it is people saying things like this who are creating such problems installing today's technology.
The last thing you need connecting todays technology devices is a CAT5 cable.
I fact one of the major problems in the installation of digital media systems today is the wrong cable having been installed !
With the bandwidth for connecting todays technology ever growing, so should the minium cabling requirements. You should be planning designing and building networks that should revolve around a a potentiona requiement for 10Gbs data rates.
In June of 2006, the IEEE released the 802.3an 10GBASE-T standard, which specifies 10Gbs data transmission over four-pair copper cabling. Following that standard, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) began work on transmission performance specifications for the cabling. In February 2008, they published TIA Standard 568-B.2-10: Transmission Performance Specifications for 4-Pair 100 Ohm Augmented Category 6 Cabling. The new Cat 6A standard extends the frequency of Cat 6A cables to 500 MHz and includes specifications for a new performance parameter known as Alien Crosstalk (ANEXT). Category 6A cables are fully backward compatible with all the previous categories, including Category 6 and 5e.
Today everyone should be installing CAT6a STP (UTP with a seperate shield), This is now becoming the requirement for Digital Media solutions for companies like AMX,Crestron and Extron.
For all installtions revolving around this level of technology I recommend using R&Mreal CAT6A cabling (this has a shield around each twisited pair and also a sheild around the entire cable) and shielded RJ45 connectors distributored in Australia by Madison Technology.