2 Benefits of Category 6 cable – Cat 6

CAT6 is a standardized twisted pair cable for Ethernet that is backward compatible with CAT5/5e and CAT3 cable standards. Like CAT5e, Cat 6 cables support Gigabit Ethernet segments up to 100 m, but they also allow for use in 10-Gigabit networks over a limited distance

3M Giganet Cat 6 UTP patch cords
3M Giganet Cat 6 UTP patch cords
  • Compared to Cat5/5e cables, Cat6 cables have stricter performance specifications and significantly higher data transfer speeds at greater distances. They are more tightly wound than Cat5 cables, and the cable conductors and cable sheath are thicker as well.
  • These factors work in tandem to reduce interior and exterior signal/EMI interference to a greater extent than Cat5 cables. This could be a great solution for networking in industrial settings where motors, generators or wireless devices could be causing significant signal interference.

Features of the Cat 6 Cable

  • Affordable, but slightly more expensive than Cat5e
  • Maximum frequency of 500MHz
  • Maximum cable length is 100metres for slower network speeds (up to 1000Mbps), or 55 metres maximum for higher network speeds
  • Less interference than Cat5e
  • Top speed of 10Gbps over 55 metres of cable
  • RJ45 Connectors

In conclusion, Category 6 cables are an excellent choice for those looking for high-speed data transmission. They are backward compatible with the Category 5/5e and Category 3 cable standards. This helps to create a high-speed computer network for both homes and larger companies as well. Cat 6 cable can support data transmission speed of maximum 250 MHz. With how fast its performance is, it is possible for consumers to use it with an Ethernet network that has fast speed including 10 Gigabit Ethernet and standard Gigabit Ethernet. Some of the benefits of using Category 6 cables include increased bandwidth, uniform structure with Category 5 cable, backward adaptability, functionality and speed, and upgradability. However, it is important to note that Cat 6 cables are more expensive than Cat 5e cables.

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