Cat 6 cable (Category 6 cable)
is the standard for today's high speed gigabit ethernet networks. Cat6 cable
can also support the high speeds required by the 10G-BaseT (10Gig) ethernet standard.
Cat 6 network cable is superior to cat5 cable and is completely backwards compatible
with all category 5 cables and equipment. There are three main characteristics
of cat 6 ethernet cable that determine the differing types. These are the
conductor type, the shielding type,
and the jacket type.
In our "How-To" section you will find step-by-step instructions on
how to make Cat 6 patch cables from bulk cat6 cable.
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Solid CAT6a UTP 650 Mhz Plenum Cable - Blue - 1000FT
ICC CAT 6A 10Gig UTP cable provides transmission performance beyond 650MHz and Alien Crosstalk requirements exceeding the industry standards and ETL Verified to TIA-568-C.2 for supporting the operation of 10Gig Ethernet applications (10GBASE-T). It is designed with unique spline design and non-concentric to minimize AXT from neighboring cables. This cabling provides support for high bandwidth applications such as data centers and other data intensive or backbone requirements. This cable qualifies installations for the ICC Lifetime Certified Site Cabling System Limited Warranty when installed by ICC Certified installers (conditions apply)
Concerning the conductor type, you may choose either solid cat 6 cable or stranded
cat 6 cable. Solid cat6 cable is capable of carrying data
reliably over long distances because of its solid core conductors, although this
type of cable has a higher probability of being damaged due to repeated flexing.
For these reasons, solid cat6 cable should generally only be used for permanent
applications such as behind walls or within conduit. Stranded cat6 cable
on the other hand is great for building patch cables or for applications where the
network cable may be moved or flexed because of its increased durability over solid
ethernet cable. This improved durability is due to the stranded conductor
cores, however, stranded cat 6 cable is less reliable when transferring data over
Cat 6 Cable can be either unsheilded twisted pair (UTP) or shielded in a variety
of methods to protect from interference and/or alien crosstalk. Shielded
twisted pair cat6 cable (STP) has shielding around each pair of wires
within the cable. Screened unshielded twisted pair (S/UTP,
ScTP) or Foiled Twisted Pair (FTP) is comprised of an overall metal foil around
the collective group of cat 6 cable pairs. Lastly, Screened shielded twisted
pair (S/STP, S/FTP) provides the best protection for cat6 cable in
that is is both overall foil shielded like FTP and individual pair shielded like
The jacket type of cat6 ethernet cable can either be PVC (CM or CMG), Riser (CMR),
or Plenum (CMP). PVC cat 6 cable is the base type of jacketing
with the lowest rating regarding flame retardancy and smoke hazard, and so is used
primarily for stranded patch cables. Riser cat 6 cable has
a better rating for flame retardancy. Riser cable is the jacket choice for
cat 6 cable that will be running vertically behind walls or between floors of a
building as it will help prevent the spread of fire vertically along the ethernet
cable. Plenum cat 6 cable has the best rating for flame retardancy
as well as lowest smoke hazard, making it the safest type of jacketing to use when
running cat6 network cable through plenum air spaces. Consult your areas building
fire codes when choosing a cat 6 ethernet cable jacket type.