CAT5, CAT5E, CAT6

What is Cat (Category) Cable?

Cat cable is a type of multi conductor cable that contains twisted pairs used for carrying signals. Most often, you will find these cables are used in data transmission. What other applications is it used for? CAT5 cable plays many roles. It's used on computer networks such as Ethernet. This cable provides performance up to 10/100 Mbps speeds at up to 100 MHz. This makes it suitable for 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 2.5GBASE-T. Also, it's used to carry telephony and video signals. If you're looking for something a little more powerful, check out CAT5E (enhanced) cable which is the next step up from CAT5. This cable can handle 1000Mbps speeds (gigabit ethernet) at 100 MHz. For the highest performance available, CAT6 is the right choice. This cable can handle up to 10-gigabit ethernet at 250 MHz. CAT6 is also specifically designed to reduce "crosstalk" better than CAT5 or CAT5E.

What connectors are used with CAT5, CAT5E and CAT6 cable? These cables are connected using modular connectors and even punch-down blocks. How do the unshielded cables handle noise rejection? They rely on balanced line twisted pair design and differential signaling for noise rejection. Selecting the right CAT5, CAT5E or CAT6 cable for your project can be confusing. Contact a Pacer Group expert today with any questions you have.