Skip to main content

Digital Trends may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site. Why trust us?

The 4 best ethernet cables for gaming on PS5, Xbox, or PC

If you want to game, chances are you’ll want to do something via a wired internet connection at some point, and that means using an ethernet cable. Wired ethernet connections provide speedy service directly from your high speed modem or router. These ethernet cables have a lot of numbers, speeds, lengths, and exteriors, the speeds are getting better each year, and every manufacturer claim to have made the best cable the Earth has ever seen. On the one hand, this is good. It means things are progressing and you can get a higher quality connection for your gaming session today than you could just a few years ago. On the other hand, there’s a level of stress involved, now, in picking out even an ethernet cable. Not anything will do.

Luckily, the situation is far more simple than what manufacturers will lead you to believe and picking out the best ethernet cable for gaming isn’t too difficult. It just depends a bit on your preferences, style, and how important it is to you to feel like the things you buy today will still be relevant in 5 or 6 years.

The best ethernet cables for gaming in 2024

  • Buy the for a fantastic ethernet cable that has fun colors.
  • Buy the if you have equipment in tight spaces.
  • Buy the for a futureproof ethernet cable for gaming with a braided cable.
  • Buy the if your gaming hub is down the hall from your router.

For an even wider selection, chosen for a broader audience than just gamers, check out our more intensive look at the best ethernet cables overall.

Monoprice Cat6A

Best overall ethernet cable for gaming

The head of a Monoprice Cat 6a ethernet cable with its protected hood showing.
Image used with permission by copyright holder
Pros Cons
Incredible pricing Stock issues
Durable, protected head Simple exterior
Fun colors for gamers
Lifetime warranty

While Monoprice has their hands in everything from the best subwoofers to the best 3D printers, they are undoubtedly a wires and cables company. The Monoprice Cat6a is a highly affordable cable that features a protective hood over the connector head’s prong, protecting it from snags. These cables also come in nine colors, with one sure to match your style. As you shop for your cable, be sure to check each color for your selected size, as you’ll often find one of the colors heavily discounted. Unfortunately, you’re also likely to find some colors and sizes out of stock as this cable has some stock issues which likely stem from its combination of affordability and high overall user experience.

Key specifications
Cat 6a
Lengths available 0.5 – 100 foot
Shielding Double-shielded

Cable Creation Cat6 90-degree

Best for tight spaces

The Cable Creation Cat6 90-degree cable makes it easy to plug wires in at difficult angles.
Image used with permission by copyright holder
Pros Cons
Connects at tight angles Somewhat basic
Affordable pricing

If you put your consoles in a cabinet, you know that horrible feeling of a rear-facing cable jutting out into that cabinet, forcing you to pull it by inches. Getting an angled ethernet cable, like this one, can alleviate that issue without messing up your setup. This cable is somewhat basic, with no braiding or advanced shielding and using the Cat6 standard. What advantage it does have, however, is that you can get one up to 10 foot in length, which is a rarity in the angled ethernet cables world. If you can handle 3 feet or less, try the as a solid upgrade.

Key specifications
Lengths available 3.3, 6, and 10 feet
Shielding N/A

Ugreen Cat 8

Best futureproof

The blue-tipped heads of the Ugreen Cat 8 ethernet cable.
Image used with permission by copyright holder
Pros Cons
Protected tips Overpowered
Nice braiding
Still affordable at Cat 8

Cat 8 ethernet cables are futureproof choices that should be good for many many years to come. Fittingly, this one from Ugreen has a very nice protective braid and equally important protected connector tips on its head. It’s admittedly hard to find bad things to say about this cable. As a Cat 8, it is somewhat overpowered, but it isn’t like this is an overly expensive ethernet cable for gaming that you’re paying extra for. Instead, this just confirms that the Ugreen Cat 8 is the best futureproof ethernet cable for gaming.

Key specifications
Lengths available 1.5 – 65 foot
Shielding Double-shielded

Snowkids Cat 8

Best for long connections

Snowkids Cat 8 ethernet cables in plugs and under rugs.
Image used with permission by copyright holder
Pros Cons
Affordable lengthy cable of quality type Stiff
Protected tips
Suitable for being under carpets and floors
Nice, silver-colored braid

If you’re the gamer down at the end of the hall, try out the Snowkids Cat 8 to get something down to where you are. These cables are some of the longest reliable ethernet cables, are made for running under your carpet and rug if need be, and have the strong anti-interference design that comes with being a Cat 8 ethernet cable. Plus, the parts that show are a delightfully shiny silverish color that pops in a way that other ethernet cables simply do not.

Key specifications
Lengths available Up to 100 feet
Shielding Double-shielded

How we chose these ethernet cables for gaming

Choosing the best ethernet cables for gaming, from a tech perspective, is a bit like a journey to the art store. First, you need to pick out your medium and then you get to the colors. Here’s a step-by-step on the process we took to arrive at the above.

Cat 6 and Cat 8

Ethernet cables are divided into “Cat” ratings, which is an internet-suitable abbreviation for “category.” These are standardized categories that give certain speeds. Our exhaustively excellent ethernet cable explainer will go into the ends and outs of each spec for those interested, but our discussion here will focus on Cat 6 and Cat 8 ethernet cables, both of which are the most idea for gaming. There’s a Cat 7, too, but for complex reasons we aren’t recommending you buying one new at this time (see the explainer). It’s the Dark Souls 2 of ethernet categories — if you have one go ahead and try to use it, but don’t buy one new. The same goes with Cat 5e.

Within these two broad categories, you’ll see Cat 6, Cat 6a, and Cat 8 cables being the most highly recommended as gaming ethernet cables. Cat 6 cables can handle 10Gbps (that’s over a gigabyte) for cables up to 55 meters. Cat 6a cables are better for longer distances, are shielded, and somewhat thicker. Cat 8 cables can handle up to 40Gbps at 30 meters, which is super powerful. Cat 6 and Cat 6a cables will be fine, speed wise, for most gamers today but Cat 8 will help you out in the long run, should you get a new gaming system, internet plan, and modem that can all utilize 40Gbps (that’s 5 gigabytes per second).


So, knowing that Cat 8’s usability over Cat 6 is still somewhat of a pipedream for ordinary consumers, why do they get recommended so highly? Part of it is, indeed, the flashiness. It’s easy to recommend something as the best when it is, technically, the best. Cat 8’s are also quite futureproof, so that’s high value.

But the main reason is that, today Cat 8 ethernet cables are not expensive at reasonable lengths. In fact, most ethernet cables are not very expensive, including the best ethernet cables for gaming.

Shielding, durability, and braiding

To loop back to the art store analogy, you’ve picked your medium between 6, 6a, and 8. Now’s the time to get the color. Sometimes literally. Shieling, durability, and braiding are often what really distinguish ethernet cables for gaming.

Shielding keeps a cable from suffering from negative effects of electromagnetic interference (EMI) but makes a cable thicker. All Cat 8 cables are shielded, often quite heavily so, which can actually make Cat 8 cables worse for tight gaming cabinets. You’ll want durable heads on your ethernet cable, with tough components that won’t break when being removed. This is especially so if this cable isn’t a plug-it-in-and-leave-it sort of cable. Finally, braiding on the outside can increase the durability of the cable, especially if it moves. It’s totally okay to look for a cable with a colored braid that fits your aesthetic.

This article is managed and created separately from the Digital Trends Editorial team.

Editors' Recommendations

John Alexander
John Alexander is a former ESL teacher, current writer and internet addict, and lacks the wisdom to know what the future…
This PS5 bundle gets you a PlayStation Portal and it’s not sold out, yet
PlayStation Portal bundle home screen while turned on.

The PlayStation Portal is an excellent, albeit exclusive handheld gaming console that works with the PS5. In our Portal review, we made it clear that while it cuts a lot of corners, it is an excellent companion to Sony's titular current-gen console. But to make the most of it, you really do need a PS5, which means if you don't have one, there's no point in buying a Portal until you do. Well, we spotted an incredible bundle that includes the PlayStation 5 Slim, a PlayStation Portal, and Marvel's Spider-Man 2 all together, all for you, at one great price. For $750, normally $760, so saving you $10, it's all yours. But here's the thing, the PlayStation Portal has pretty much been sold out everywhere. This bundle gets your hands on it, plus everything else you need to play. It even includes Spider-Man, so you can web-sling as soon as you set it up. If you've been searching high and low for the Portal, don't sleep on this deal.

Why you should buy the PlayStation 5 with PlayStation Portal bundle
The PlayStation 5 is a fantastic gaming console, but the exclusive games available on the platform are second to none. God of War, Marvel's Spider-Man, Horizon Zero Dawn, Death Stranding, I could go on and on. But one of the better features of the PlayStation 5 is the option to remotely play your games on compatible devices, from your smartphone to a PS4 in another room, you can connect in, stream, and play, just like if you were sitting in front of your PS5. The PlayStation Portal takes that to a whole new level.

Read more
The 5 best portable monitors for laptops and gaming in 2024
best portable monitors monitor

While your average laptop has a reasonably good screen, a portable monitor can either give you a better alternative or act as an extra screen for you to work with. Of course, you could take a more traditional monitor with you, but then you'll have to deal with stands and more complex power needs, so they aren't an option if you're constantly on the road. That's what's great about portable monitors; plus, there's a ton of variety that you can pick from, whether it's something small and basic like a 15.6-inch screen or a large 18-inch one that runs at 144op and is perfect for gaming. That's why we've gone out and found a nice selection of portable monitors for you to check out; so that you can pick something that fits your needs without spending a ton of extra cash.
The Best Portable Monitors in 2024

Buy the 

Read more
77 PS5 games just had their prices slashed for the weekend
The Playstation 5 system standing upright.

Whether you're a new PlayStation 5 owner or you've had the console since day one, you should never stop hunting for PS5 deals for video games. You're going to want to take advantage of the discounts in Best Buy's three-day sale to build your gaming library, and while there's still some time left before it ends, it's highly recommended that you make your purchases as soon as possible to avoid the risk of missing out due to depleted stocks. We've picked out our favorite bargains for PS5 games below, but feel free to browse all the options as long as you do it quickly.

What to buy in Best Buy's PS5 game sale

Read more