To accomplish our daily tasks fast and efficient whether at home or office, we need telecommunication devices, high speed internet connections, and reliable computers. Almost all communication is now transmitted electronically. We use phones, chats, and emails to transmit information. Many of these can now be done wirelessly, but network connections are still highly necessary. Too keep up with the need for speed in data transmission, a new generation of Ethernet cable called Category 6 or Cat6 cable was introduced. This was designed for Gigabit Ethernet, meaning, it can transmit data at a high speed of 1000 megabit per second (1Gigabit). This had immensely surpassed the fastness of the older category 5 cables which can only handle a speed of 100 megabit per second. This is why business and industries now install their network cabling using Cat6.
The Cat6 cable is basically designed to connect your telecommunication devices like telephones or computers to modems, modems to your routers/servers. This Ethernet cable was designed for high- data transfer rate and also works on automated machines which require gigabit speed performance. It is now also used to connect routers/modems to video games consoles, HD televisions, and high end movie players. It is now used for a better quality of live online streaming.
Now, if you are planning to install your cable network, consider the area of coverage. To get maximum quality on speed, your Cat6 cable length should not exceed 100 meters. Otherwise, the transmission signal will not be very effective at all. There are many variations of Ethernet cables for you to choose from. The lengths available to choose from based on your need are: 1ft -7ft, 10ft, 14-15ft, 25ft, 50ft, and 100ft. The shorter lengths are commonly for home use where there only few units that need to be connected. The longer lengths are widely used by offices and business industries for their building network. The variation in colors is also important, because it’s a way for you to identify one cable from the other especially if you have bundles of cables and cord in one place. This comes in variety of colors like yellow, white, black, orange, purple, green, and gray. The color does not have any difference on how the cable functions. It’s more on differentiating cables from another.
There are also different types of the Cat6 cable design for you to choose from. There’s the Bootless Ethernet cable patch, and the Snagless/Molded Boot Ethernet patch. There’s also the Unshielded and Shielded cable. Let’s try to describe each.
Bootless Ethernet cable – this has unprotected plastic clip or hook at the terminal or end of each cable. The clip or hook on the plug is left open. You can use this if your cables are often unplugged or transferred from one port to another port.
Snagless/Molded Boot Ethernet cable – The plastic clip in the plug has a protective cover. This provides strain relief, and avoids the cable terminals from snagging. The RJ45 connector is covered and protected.
Shielded cable – The cable has foil shields tied together with a drain wire inside the cable. The cable may also use of PVC Jacket or Low Smoke Zero Halogen (LSZH) jacket. The Cat6 cable was designed to handle Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) and reject noise; however, this may not be enough in high EMI environments.
Unshielded cable – As the name itself says, this cable has no shielding inside the cable, so this is recommended to be used in low EMI environments.
Speed and efficiency definitely save much of our time and energy in everything that we do, so to help us achieve this, we have to make sure that our cable networking must be at the same pace with the fast technological advancements.