Technology changes so fast. In just a short span of time, newer and upgraded versions of things are introduced. Everything is now developed to work better and faster than the older models. And if you don’t go for the latest developments, you’ll be left behind. In this computer age, speed is at the top of the game. This is true when it comes to our cable connections. Cables are used for networking, phone lines, and data transfer. Cables should perform at high speed to provide better results to every user. This is why the sixth generation of network cabling was developed. We now have the category 6 cable or Cat6 cable.
Gone are the days when you consider 100mbps fast. If your connection is still running at this speed, then you’re cable wire transmissions are outdated. You may still be using the older generation of cables. If you’re planning to install new cable lines to connect your computers to DSL modems or routers, or maybe connect your router to different devices like video game consoles, HDTV, or Blu-Ray players, then it’s highly recommended for you to use a Cat6 cable. This was developed for Gigabit Ethernet, meaning, it can allow your connection to a maximum speed of 1 gigabit per second. It obviously provides high speed connection compared to Cat 5 cable.
To keep up with the need for faster and more reliable cable networking, make Cat6 cable as your default wiring. Here are some of the better reasons why you should choose it over other cables:
-As already stated above, it is capable of faster speed compared to Cat5/5e. It is suitable for Fast Ethernet (10BASE-T/100BASE-TX), Gigabit Ethernet (1000BASE-T/1000BASE-TX) with a performance of up to 250 MHz The augmented Cat6 or Cat6a cable can also reach up to 500 MHz and can be used for 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10-GBASE-T).
-The cable terminals or each end of the cable uses RJ45 connector which is the standard connector for computers and most devices. This makes it compatible with older computers and Cat5 or older generation cables.
-It was also developed and designed to withstand crosstalk and system noise. Crosstalk refers to electromagnetic interference(EMI) which is very common when UTP (unshielded twisted pair) cables are routed close to each other. Crosstalk results to undesired effects to the transmission capabilities of cables.
-It is best for home and office network connection with quality and high speed connection of up to a maximum of 100 meters.
-The wires inside the cables are made of pure copper which makes the wire to not easily break, and the terminal connectors made use of gold to fight corrosion.
To make sure and fully enjoy the high performance of your Cat6 cable, it is also important for you to know some of its limitations.
-The allowed maximum length or distance of your cable for 10/100/1000BASE-T (Fast/Gigabit Ethernet connection is 100 meters or 328 feet. For 10-GBase-T, maximum length should not exceed 55 meter (180ft) in low EMI environments, and not exceed 37 meters (121ft) in high EMI environments. Exceeding the distance will result to poor and degraded connection signal.
-Do not kink or bend the cable because this also affects the transmission or data transfer capabilities of the cable.
-Though it has stringent specifications for crosstalk, it may still require cable shielding especially when used in places where there is high electromagnetic interference. It improves the performance of the cable and it also reduces the possibility of corrupted cable data caused by EMI.
Speed up your connections and be up to date with the advancements in technology. Make Cat6 cable your top choice among other Ethernet cables.