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).
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?
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.
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:
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.
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.