Looking for UTP cables?
A UTP cable is an unshielded network cable consisting of four different pairs of wires. There are different types of UTP cables, each with its own properties. The most common categories are: CAT5e, CAT6, CAT6, CAT6a and CAT7: The difference lies in the total- and throughput speed of the respective cable.
Different types of UTP cables
It is not always easy to determine which cable is best suited for the respective application. However, since it is important that you buy the right UTP cable, we have compiled an overview of the capacities of the different cables for you.
A CAT5e UTP cable ist the old UTP-cable standard. The cable is still frequently used, but it is less and less in line with current user demands. This cable achieves speeds of up to 1,000 megabits per second at throughput speeds of 100 megahertz.
A CAT6 UTP cable is the current network cable standard. Like CAT5e cables, Cat6 cables can reach speeds of up to 1,000 megabits per second. However, Cat6 cables can send more data via the cable at the same time. Cat6 has a throughput of 250 megahertz. The megahertz number indicates how many different data streams the cable can process simultaneously.
A CAT6a cable is one of the newer internet cables and can be used for 10-gigabit networks. This cable can transmit data at speeds of up to 10,000 megabits per second. This is ten times faster than Cat5e and Cat6 cables. In addition, a Cat6a cable has a throughput speed of 500 megahertz. This makes the cable ideal for use in combination with fibreglass!
A CAT7 cable can transmit data at speeds of 10,000 megabits per second, but with a throughput of 600 megahertz. Cat7 is subject to strict specifications against cross talk and noise. To achieve this, they are double shielded as standard and are not available as (unshielded) UTP cables. This makes a CAT7 cable one of the most powerful network cables on the market today. Like CAT6a, CAT7 is also ideal for use in combination with fibreglass.
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