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What CCA Wire Can Do To Your Network

With the economy suffering and making a historical nosedive, money is increasing in value. Even a single dollar means a lot to the middle class family. For that very reason, the market today is adulterated with cheap imitations and hand-me-downs impersonating new products. Every now and then we become prey to these stakes which fool the industry. And the most frustrating part of it is that the retailers and dealers pass these imitations as the original products. A special adultery which we are going to discuss here is the one implemented in the Ethernet patch cable category (cat5e/cat6 patch cable).

What Is CCA Wire?

CCA cable is an acronym for Copper Clad Aluminum cables. CCA wire uses an aluminum conductor that is coated with copper. This process incurs less cost of manufacturing on the part of the company and thus a higher profit during the sales. Thus, it brings about a high amount of commercial benefit to the suppliers over their counterparts who sell the actual copper equivalents. But as with all kinds of business propositions one party is always harmed. Let us look at the implication of CCA cables on the users and you as the buyer. What problems will it create for the person who is trying to set up a network, be it for personal or commercial use?

You as the Buyer

The IEC and CENELEC which lays down the various standards for cable use in different types of networks also inhibit the use of a CCA wire in twisted pair network cable. Thus any kind of CCA wire, if goes under the banner of such an organization will be rejected straight away. 3P is an organization that provides third party testing for cable use in relation to industrial standards also shuns the use of CCA wire in twisted pair network cable. CCA cables can never suffice for their copper counterparts. Manufacturers and suppliers who are supplying CCA as CAT5e and CAT6 network cables must examine the fact if they are doing business in accordance with the sales of goods act.

What will you have to face?

As mentioned above, CAT5e and CAT6 patch cables that are based on CCA wires can never come close to original counterparts. This is mainly because of the problems that are discussed below:

  • Aluminum and Steel have a much higher resistance than that of the copper. Thus the use of CCA wire in Cat5e patch cables and CAT6 patch cables will lead to large amounts of data loss. This will eventually lead to slow data speeds.
  • The attenuation qualities of CCA will be far more than a normal copper based CAT5e or a CAT6 patch cable. This will in turn result in more packets of data having to be retransmitted when it is corrupted or lost at the physical layer. This effect is particularly prevalent on longer cable channels on or near the 100 meter maximum. All this combined will again, lead to a far slower connection for the users of a CCA wire based networks.
  • Although a practical evidence cannot be given as of yet due to lack of tests but the attenuation property of CCA wires provides various implications in the manufacturing of CAT5e and CAT6 patch cables. This is prevalent in the case of devices such as IP CCTV where the power is continuously juiced through the network cables throughout the year for every single minute. Theoretically, in such conditions, the radiant heat can build up faster than the environment can dissipate it. This will lead to some serious consequences with device damage taking the lower rung.
  • Aluminum has a lower tensile strength than copper. Therefore, when a CCA wire is used to manufacture a CAT5e or a CAT 6 patch cable, it can lead to some confusing and annoying situations. Due to its low tensile strength CCA wires can easily break off due to pulling or shearing forces. This increases the hassle while delivery and packaging. Also, the bend radius of a CCA wire is very less. If an installer is not knowledgeable about the fact that the CAT 5e or CAT6 patch cable in question is made up of CCA wire, it might be a highly time consuming process to trace the test failure.

Although many importers are already supplying a large number of these CCA wire patch leads (CAT5e/Cat6), there is no documented evidence that they will not show the above mentioned problems in the future. Experts believe that these problems are going to become more and more evident as the organizations start to upgrade their networks to Gigabit or perhaps implement PoE.

Get Authentic CAT5e and CAT6 Patch Cables

So, you as a customer should acknowledge these problems. Not everything is created equal. You must take the initiative to inquire into the quality of the CAT5e or CAT6 patch cables that you buy. Remember that if it is cheap it does not mean it will be better. Stay away from shady schemes you might find over the internet or the newspapers. Always purchase from an authentic, long-trusted, reliable buyer. Otherwise, you are the one who is going to be cheated.