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Category 5 cable is an Ethernet communication cable that we use in our day to day working. It is categorized up-to 100MHz bandwidth frequency. There is an improved version of category 5, called category 5e that is categorized up-to 100MHz bandwidth frequency. Category 5 cables actually meet category 5e standards though never claimed.
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Category 6 Ethernet cable is an improvement over category 5 and 5e cables. It is also an Ethernet communication cable that we use in our day to day working. Category 6 is categorized up-to 250MHz bandwidth frequency and 10Gb of Ethernet data up-to 55 meters. There is an improved version of category 6, called category 6a that is categorized up-to 500MHz of bandwidth frequency up-to 100 meters
All category 5 and 6 cables can be used to carry phone and video signals for CCTV, home phones, automation controls and more. Both cable types are interchangeable though not recommended.
To understand the sequence of oldest to newest Ethernet cables as they were introduced in the world is;
CAT 3 (oldest)
CAT 6a (newest)
Want to know more technical? Here is very interesting article about the category 6 cables on Wikipedia.
Certainly from the above chart, we cannot use CAT 3 now. If possible we suggest to avoid CAT 5 all together. Then classifying your need, we can choose from 5e to 6a.
Ask our trained electricians. They will access your current and future needs and will recommend the right cable. They will also estimate the total Ethernet connections required in your household.
Our electricians are trained to use the right type of cables in the required application. Some general precautions that needs to be adhered to are;
Interference or cross-talk
Shielded or un-shielded cable
Twisted or Untwisted
Terminating end and connector type
Stability of the planned network
Any new Ethernet switches to be added
All these cable specs affect the quality of the output such as dropped internet connection, higher noise, higher buffer times, unexpected failures etc., thus making it important to choose the right cable for the right application.
Our electrician will be more than happy to explain the questions you might have and show you the cable difference.
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