The Advantages of CAT5e Cable

By: Hannah.Hopkins

In the technology world, newer usually means better. After all, technology moves quickly and the only way to stay on top of it is to buy the newest and greatest item out there. Therefore, one would expect the recently-released CAT6 cable to be a better option than CAT5e, but that is not the case. For new installations, including patch and crossover cable, CAT5e offers the speed and capacity of CAT6, but at a much better price. CAT5 cable has long been the industry standard for Ethernet and voice signals. Using a twisted pair of high signal integrity cable for noise rejection, CAT5 was a benchmark setter in terms of information carriage. CAT5e is an enhanced version of CAT5 that adds speed and specifications for reducing far end cross talk, or electromagnetic interference, from one unshielded twisted pair to another twisted pair. There are many other advantages to using CAT5e over CAT5. First of all, CAT5e is backwards compatible with CAT5, so upgrading to CAT5e cables in your business or office will not cause any operational problems. Also, CAT5e offers improved signal-carrying capacity. Originally, CAT5 Cable was designed to transmit at speeds of up to 100 Megabits Per Second. While that is quite good, as the data processing capacity of computers increases exponentially, the ability to handle even heavier data streams becomes critical. CAT5e, though designed for 100 Megabits Per Second, actually performs at 10 times that speed, or 1 Gigabit Per Second. Another advantage to using CAT5e cable is its support of Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, and Gigabit Ethernet. Bandwidth is important because it is the information-carrying aspect of the system; CAT5e is rated at 350 megahertz, an improvement upon CAT5. Finally, CAT5e upgraded the thickness of its PVC protective jacket, which has improved the cable’s durability. If you are looking to wire or rewire your office, business, or home with CAT5e cabling, Austin has no better option than Telco Data. Telco Data can install a single phone jack or a network of 500 computers. Whether you are looking to overhaul your existing business or start completely from scratch, Telco Data offers comprehensive turnkey cabling solutions. Telco Data will meet with the architect to review your plans, and coordinate with the general contractor to make sure all the bases are fully covered.

Telco Data has also invested in state-of-the-art cable-testing equipment. This allows them to test, label, and certify each cable they install. This ensures cable reliability, and means they can guarantee their work for life. For your CAT5e cabling needs, contact Telco Data today for a no-cost consultation.

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