For Speed and Connectivity: Cat6 Data Cabling Service for Installation or Upgrade
More businesses are installing cat6 cables. Why is that? Because they’re the new industry standard for higher data throughput, stability over longer distances, better connectivity, and high-speed transmission rates.
Previously, the cat5e cables were the industry standards. The cat6 cables are the sixth generation of twisted cables and have significantly higher data throughput thanks to their faster transmission rate. Many known brands offer cat6 cables and all are high-quality. It’s important to ask for the cable specification sheet to make sure they are tested and meet their category standard.
Are you unsatisfied with your current cables? Your network can’t keep up with your new IP camera system or video streaming? It may be time for you to upgrade to cat6 cables. Why should you choose cat6 cables over other types? Here are the benefits you’ll receive.
What Is a Cat6 Cable?
Many people have questions about cat6 cables.
A cat6 cable is a twisted cable used for Ethernet-based computer networks. It’s compatible with previous Cat cable industry standards.
The cables consist of four copper wires, all used for data transfer. They provide a bandwidth of 250 MHz and are running at speed of up to 10G. They provide additional features, such as enhanced crosstalk and attenuation protection.
Cat6 cables are supported by Ethernet networks including 100 Base-TX, 10BaseT, 10 GBase-T, and 1,000 Base-T.
Different Types of Cat6 Cables
There are many types of cat6 cables available, each has its own benefits and functions. These include:
- Cat6 Plenum and Riser Cables
- Cat6 Shielded Cable
- Cat6 Outdoor Cable
Some businesses should look into each cable before making their purchasing decision.
For example, the augmented cat6 cable (or cat6a) has improved performance if the traditional cat6 cable isn’t powerful enough for your business.
Most business should opt for plenum cable and in most cases plenum cables are required by the building code. Cables that are running in the space above acoustic tiles (called the plenum space) without metallic conduits should always be plenum. Plenum cables have a higher fire rating and are designed with a fire-retardant plastic jacket of either a low-smoke PVC or a fluorinated ethylene polymer (FEP) and are important to protect your health in case of fire since the plenum space is connected with the ventilation system and can carry toxic smokes.
If your building has multiple floors, riser cables can be used in non-plenum spaces. If you’re using your cat6 cable outdoors, the outdoor cable won’t falter under UV radiation.
Why Choose the Cat6 Cable
Today, Cat6 cables are the default choice for businesses. They have been on the market for over 15 years.
They are capable of running 10G of speed and up to a distance of 55 meters, even as much as 100 meters in some instances. These cables are very powerful but also affordable.
These cables are more powerful than their predecessors. They run fast, support lots of data, and can work over longer distances. While you may pay more for the cat6 than its earlier cables, you are future proofing your investment and are getting a lot of value for a minimal price difference.
What about the Cat 5e? You may consider using Cat 5e cable if you are constrained by your budget and if you are not planning on staying in your current location for years to come or if you know your needs won’t change over time and can be easily met by Cat 5e cables.
Do You Need a Cat6 Cable Installed?
The cat6 cable helps support Ethernet networks by increasing the speed, bandwidth, and optimizing data transfers.
If you’re debating about using a Cat 5e or Cat 6 cable you should take into account the speed at which technology evolves and your future needs should also factor in this decision. In most cases, Cat 6 cables make the most sense and you will get more value for your investment.
However, you can only receive the benefits of the cat6 cable if you get them properly installed.
We excel in cabling cat6 cables and cat5e cables. If your business is based in the Grand Montreal, contact us.