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CAT5, CAT5E, CAT6

*This page was updated on 11/15/2021*

What is CAT (category) cable?

CAT cable, short for Category cable, is a type of multi conductor cable. It contains twisted pairs of wires that are used for carrying signals. Most often, you will find these cables are used in data transmission or computer networks. If you have ever looked at the back of your modem or handled an ethernet cable, then you know what CAT cable is. CAT cable is the most ubiquitous networking cable on the entire planet. It is known for its flexibility, durability, and longevity. One question we often hear from our customers is about the differences between CAT5, CAT5e, and CAT6.

"CAT cable is the most ubiquitous networking cable on the entire planet."