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The Different Categories of Ethernet Cabling and When to Use Them

The Different Categories of Ethernet Cabling and When to Use Them

The Different Categories of Ethernet Cabling and When to Use Them

Ethernet cabling is the standard way to connect devices on a LAN (local area network). While most people in Ontario, CA, are familiar with the basic idea of Ethernet cabling, they may not be aware of the different reasons for installing Cat5, Cat 6, Cat 7, and Cat 8 cables — and when each should be used. Let’s look at the different types of Ethernet cables and when you should use each one:

Cat5 Cable

Category 5 cable, commonly referred to as Cat5, is the most common type of Ethernet cable. Cat5 cable is made up of four twisted pairs of copper wire enclosed in an insulation jacket. This cable type is suitable for speeds up to 100 Mbps and can be used for most applications, including fast internet connections and VoIP phone service. 

However, the Cat5 cable is unsuitable for applications requiring higher speeds, such as Gigabit Ethernet or 10 Gigabit Ethernet. 

Cat6 Cable

Category 6 cable, commonly referred to as Cat6, is a newer Ethernet cable designed for applications requiring higher speeds than Cat5 can provide. 

Cat6 cables are made up of four twisted pairs of copper wire, just like Cat5 cables, but they also have an additional layer of insulation around the pairs, which helps to reduce crosstalk. This cable type is suitable for speeds up to 10 Gbps and can be used for applications such as Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet. 

Cat7 Cable

Category 7 cable, commonly referred to as Cat7, is the latest type of Ethernet cable on the market. Cat7 cables are made up of four shielded twisted pairs of copper wire enclosed in an overall braided shield. This cable type is suitable for speeds up to 100 Gbps and can be used for applications such as 10 Gigabit Ethernet and 40 Gigabit Ethernet. 

The Bottom Line

Now that you know a little more about the different types of Ethernet cables, you can make a more informed decision about which installation of Cat5, Cat 6, Cat 7, and Cat 8 cables is best for your Ontario business. If you’re not sure which type of cable you need or if you need help with installation, reach out to our team of experts at Empire Technologies We’re always happy to help!

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