Network Cables

Network cables are the easiest cables to get as they are the most common. Their is only one thing to look for when ordering cables, and that's to stay away from CCA Wire

Stay Away from CCA

CCA cable is an acronym for Copper Clad Aluminum cables. The conductors in CCA wire are constructed using aluminum and then coated in copper. This process is significantly cheaper for the manufacturer, which means higher profits. Thus, it brings about a high amount of commercial benefit to the suppliers over their counterparts who sell the actual copper equivalents. But as with all kinds of business propositions, one party is always harmed.

CAT5e vs. CAT6 Bandwidth

Both CAT5e and CAT6 can handle speeds of up to 1000 Mbps, or a Gigabit per second. This is more than sufficient for the speed of by far the most internet connections. The chance is small that you currently have an internet connection with which you can achieve up to 500 Mbps speed.

The main difference between CAT5e and CAT6 cable lies within the bandwidth, the cable can support for data transfer. CAT6 cables are designed for operating frequencies up to 250 MHz, compared to 100 Mhz for CAT5e. This means that a CAT6 cable can process more data at the same time. Think of it as the difference between a 2- and a 4-lane highway. On both you can drive the same speed, but a 4-lane highway can handle much more traffic at the same time.


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