Guide on Data Cable Speeds

The speed of your data transmissions is important. Different cables for different speeds. As your business grows, so does the need for a stronger, faster network cabling system. Guide on data cable speeds.


Category5e is a step above Cat5. At 100MHz bandwidth, it can handle 1000 Mbps (gig Ethernet). It also helps signals from interfering with each other by keeping them on different circuits.


Category6 network cabling is even better than Cat5e, in fact, it is a major improvement! It can handle 10 gig Ethernet at 250 MHz. Cat6 isolates pairs from each other due to the internal separator, which significantly cuts down on interference.


Category6e network cabling network cabling is the enhanced version of Cat6. It can handle 10 gig Ethernet speed at 500 MHz. It is double the speed of Cat6. On a 100 meter cable, the speed mentioned can be reached easily.

Fiber Optic

A standard, fiber optic cable contains a single light guided core. Both singlemode and modern multimode fiber can

English: A TOSLINK fiber optic cable with a cl...

English: A TOSLINK fiber optic cable with a clear jacket that has a laser being shone onto one end of the cable. The laser is being shone into the left connector; the light coming out the right connector is from the same laser. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

handle 10G speeds. The most important thing to consider is the distance requirement. Within a data center, it’s typical to use multimode which can get you 300-400 meters. If you have very long runs or are connecting over longer distance, single mode can get you 10km, 40km, 80km, and even farther – you just need to use the appropriate optic for the distance required.

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