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What is Cat 6 Cable?

The Cat 6 ethernet cable type is a twisted pair cable that has been standardised for ethernet as well as other physical layers of a network. It is used specifically in current gigabit (Gb) Ethernet-based computer networks, and it is also backwards compatible with Cat 3 and Cat 5 and Cat 5e standards.
The Category 6 standard of cabling was developed in 2002. It provides performance of up to 250MHz, speeds up to 10 Gbps, a physical link up to 100 m and a channel link of 90 m, although it is limited to 55m physical link for gigabit ethernet. Cat 6 supports varieties of Ethernet over twisted pair up to 10 GBASE-T. It is also used to carry signals such as telephony and video.

A cat6 cable can be identified by the special printing that is on the side of the sheath of the cable. They are normally terminated in 8P8C modular connectors and use pin assignments of T568A or T568B. If cat 6 cables are used for a particular function, then the connectors, jacks and wiring should also be rated cat 6. If not, then the performance of the overall system will probably degrade and may not meet the specifications of Cat 6. To avoid costly repairs and maintenance it is important to have a professional look after your data cabling installation needs.


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How does Cat 6 Cable improve over past iterations?

When Cat 6 is compared to Cat 5 and Cat5e, Cat 6 introduces much more stringent specs for system noise and crosstalk. The max performance also expands for Cat 6, with Cat 5 limited to performance of 100 MHz while Cat 6 can go up to 250 MHz. Cat 6a improves upon 6 even more, with a characterisation up to 500 MHz.

What does Cat 6 Cable support?

The Cat 6 Data Cable supports phones, Internet, Wifi, Power over Ethernet (POE) Applications, security CCTV Cameras and room booking systems.

When to use Cat 6

There are many instances in which engineers look to use Cat 6 specifically. Because of the improvements in the standard over Cat 5, Cat 6 is best used when the following services are implemented:

  • Matching existing services in an installation

  • Cost-effective installation that doesn't require extra performance for future innovation

  • Wireless access point installation

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