Quoted from zacaj:
Using a smaller gauge wire would definitely be bad. A bit bigger shouldn't be an issue.
I read this as small gauge meaning that he really meant smaller diameter wire. I'd like to believe that most of us know that 22awg is much finer (smaller) than 16awg
"American Wire Gauge (AWG) is a U.S. standard set of non-ferrous wire conductor sizes. The "gauge" means the diameter. Non-ferrous includes copper and also aluminum and other materials, but is most frequently applied to copper household electrical wiring and telephone wiring. Typical household wiring is AWG number 12 or 14. Telephone wire is usually 22, 24, or 26. The higher the gauge number, the smaller the diameter and the thinner the wire. Since thicker wire carries more current because it has less electrical resistance over a given length, thicker wire is better for longer distances. For this reason, where extended distance is critical, a company installing a network might prefer telephone wire with the lower-gauge, thicker wire of AWG 24 to AWG 26."
that last sentence doesn't really make any sense considering that they mention above that telephone wire is 22, 24 or 26 awg. 22, being the thicker of the 3 gauges would work better for extended distance vs. 24 or 26awg