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15 Jan 2021
CAT 6 cable provides higher performance than Cat 5e and features more stringent specifications for crosstalk and system noise. To transmit complying with Cat 6 specifications, jacks, patch cables, patch panels, cross-connects, and cabling must all meet Cat 6 standards.

CAT 6A cable is now the cable of choice and the standard for future-proofing cabling infrastructures. If you are in the market for structured cabling for a new installation or for upgrading existing infrastructures, CAT 6A cabling is the perfect choice. CAT 6A data cable is a four-pair twisted-pair copper cable designed to support 10-Gigabit Ethernet networks over a 100-meter channel.

It is also guaranteed to support 2.5/5GBASE-T over 100 meters. CAT 6A Cabling gives you ten times the performance and twice the capacity of CAT6 cable. It takes a giant leap forward by supporting transmissions of 10 Gbps versus 1 Gbps and it doubles the bandwidth from 250 MHz to 500 MHz.

While CAT 6A cable may cost 10 to 20 percent more than CAT6 cable, you are going to get a much better performance and ROI in the long run. Cabling typically represents only about 5% of the overall infrastructure budget and about 10% of the total network budget. But it is also the one of the most important and overlooked network investments.

The cable you select will probably not be upgraded or replaced for 15-20 years or longer. But the network equipment you use will most likely be replaced in five to seven years. Think about it. If you spend a little more now, you are giving yourself application assurance that the cable you choose today will be able to support at least two, may be three, generations of newer and faster equipment.

CAT 6A cables are available in two types: Shielded and Unshielded. F/UTP is an abbreviation used for shielded cables and U/UTP for unshielded cables. The first letter displays the type of overall shield and the other letters indicate the type of shielding on each pair along with the balanced element.

As the name shielded indicates, CAT6A cable comes with an outer shield around that covers the individual pair or all the 4 copper pairs. If you have observed outlets, patch panels, modular jacks etc., they also come with a shield and renders several advantages.

You can find CAT-6A cables in different configurations. The CAT6A U/UTP cable has 4 unshielded twisted pairs; whereas, in CAT6A F/UTP, although there are 4 unshielded twisted pairs; there is no outer foil shield.

The CAT 6A U/FTP is a latest addition to the range of shielded cables and it is popular for the effective performance it renders. Choose safe and high data transmission with CAT 6A Cabling.


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