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What is Cat 6 Cabling?

What is Cat 6 Cabling?

Technology is constantly evolving and data capacity has reached new heights. The amount of processing power has increased by leaps and bounds and is all set to grow further. By 2020, data management experts predict that data production will grow 44 times over. As the amount of data is growing, in order to stay in the business, organisations need to be sufficiently equipped.

What is Cat 6 Cabling?

Category 6 cable, commonly called Cat 6, is a twisted pair network cable that is used for 10BASE-T or Ethernet. 100BASE-TX or Fast Ethernet, 1000BASE-T or Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 10BASE-T or 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10-GbE) networks. The Cat 6 standard cable was released in the year 2002 according to the Telecommunications Industry Association’s specifications.

The Cat 6 cable can give a performance of up to 250MHz, while the newer Cat 6a standard provides 500MHz and the cable can be used for a maximum length of up to 100 meters. The Cat 6 cable is backward compatible with Cat 5, Cat 5e and Cat 3 cable standards. The Cat 6 supports higher performance and comprises four unshielded twisted pairs (UTP) of copper wire, which ends in RJ-45 connectors. When compared to Cat 5 and Cat 5e cables, the Cat 6 cable has more strict specifications for reducing system noise and crosstalk. It is anticipated that the Cat 6 cable will replace Cat 5 and Cat 5e cables in the future; however, today, all the three kinds of cables are popularly used for network installations.

Cat 6 vs Cat 6a Cables

The Cat 6a or Category 6 Augmented cable is the next generation of the Cat 6 cable standard and has been created to improve the performance of the Cat 6 cable for the Ethernet. The Cat 6a cable transmits 10 gigabit data rates and the cable can be laid up to 328 feet, which is twice that of Cat 6. The Cat 6 also transfers 10 gigabit Ethernet data but can cover only a distance up to 164 feet. The Cat 6a cable provides a more superior performance when compared to the Cat 6 cables, but it is also more expensive. The Cat 6a cables are thicker than the Cat 6 cables, but like the Cat 6 cables, they still terminate in the standard RJ-45 connectors.

Today, with the advancements in technology and the internet offering high-quality videos and media-heavy websites, hundreds of thousands of updates over social networks each day, the importance and use of Cat 6 cables are only increasing.

Horizon Telecom can fit your business out with both Cat5E or Cat6 cabling installations, from small office fits to fully managed projects. More information can be found on our structured cabling  webpage. For more information or to discuss your requirements, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Topic: Structured cabling