Let’s Discuss A Few Options For Network Cabling

Let’s Discuss A Few Options For Network Cabling

Not all cables are the same. Each serves a different function. Today we will discuss differences in Category  5, Category 5e, Category 6 and Category 6e. They are also referred to as Cat 5, Cat 5e, Cat 6 and Cat 6e.

Cat5

Category5 is the slowest of the cables we are speaking of today, practically obsolete. Up to 100MHz bandwidth, Cat5 can handle only about 10 – 100 Mbps. We steer clear of Cat5 as there are far better cables on the market today.

Cat5e

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.

Cat6

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.

Cat6e

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.

For more information on the different types of cables, please check back for future blogs on the subject. We would also be more than happy to meet with you to discuss details of your needs, just give us a call! 440-808-8448 Shoreworx Communications team of highly trained technicians will help to guide you in the right direction. Our main office is located in Westlake Ohio. We service the Cleveland area, as well as Akron, Columbus and several other towns in Ohio. We also service Eastern Michigan and Western Pennsylvania.

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