What is Cat 6a

Cat 6a is a proposed augmentation of the Cat 6 standard that would further reduce crosstalk in cabling system and allow for the use of higher frequencies in the 500 MHz range and should be able to provide up to 10 Gbits/s. This type of networking cable is often called augmented Category 6.

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What is patch cord?

A patch cable or patch cord or patch lead is a piece of copper cable that connects circuits on a patch panel.

What is WAN – wide area network?

A computer network that spans a relatively large geographical area. Typically, a WAN consists of two or more local-area networks (LANs).

Computers connected to a wide-area network are often connected through public networks, such as the telephone system. They can also be connected through leased lines or satellites. The largest WAN in existence is the Internet.

What is a Local-Area Network (LAN)?

A local-area network (LAN) is a computer network that spans a relatively small area. Most often, a LAN is confined to a single office, building or group of buildings, however, one LAN can be connected to other LANs over any distance via telephone lines and radio waves. A system of LANs connected in this way is called awide-area network (WAN).

What is IP Security Camera

An Internet protocol camera, or IP camera, is a type of digital video camera commonly employed for surveillance, and which, unlike analog closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras, can send and receive data via a computer network and the Internet.

What is patch panel

In a network, a patch panel serves as a sort of static switchboard, using cables to interconnect computers within the area of a local area network (LAN) and to the outside for connection to the Internet or other wide area network (WAN). Connections are made with patch cords. The patch panel allows circuits to be arranged and rearranged by plugging and unplugging the patch cords.

What is Cat 5 Wiring and Cat 5 Cabling

Cat 5 Wiring is unshielded twisted pair data cable with outstanding performance characteristics for use in data cable applications.


What is Cat 5e Cable

Cat 5e patch cables can be used to connect all types of network devices, including jacks, patch panels, ports, and computers.Cat 5e Plenum Cable, also known as Plenum Cat 5 Wiring, and Cat 5e Cable for riser applications are two types of Cat 5e that meet NEC Article 800.

What is Cat 6 Cable

Category 6 cable, commonly referred to as Cat 6, is a standardized twisted pair cable for Gigabit Ethernet and other network physical layers that is backward compatible with the Category 5/5e and Category 3 cable standards.  Cat 6 features more stringent specifications for crosstalk and system noise. Cat 6 cable has an internal separator that isolates pairs from one another. The cable standard provides performance of up to 250 MHz and is suitable for 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX (Fast Ethernet), 1000BASE-T/1000BASE-TX (Gigabit Ethernet), and 10GBASE-T (10-Gigabit Ethernet).

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What is Cat 3 Cable

Cat 3 cables are older cables or what we would call legacy cables. They can still be suited for DATA/LAN transmission up to 16 Mbps, for 10 Base-T, 4 Mbps token ring. Cat 5, Cat 5e and Cat 6 are better option for voice applications. Cat 3 cables can support voice applications but it’s recommended to assess this on a case by case basis.  Cat 3 cable is suited for high speed DATA/LAN transmissions up to 16 Mbps, and for 10 Base-T, 4 Mbps token ring, and voice applications .