November 17, 2021
When it comes to choosing the right cabling for you, there are a number of options that can make it difficult to decide. This includes CAT5 and CAT6 cabling which is why we have written an article to explain the differences between these common choices and help you decipher which one is best suited to you.
CAT5 Vs. CAT6 Cabling
What is CAT5 & CAT6 Cabling?
First of all, what are both of these different cabling options? CAT5 cabling is split into two categories, CAT5 and CAT5E, however CAT5E became the standard cable choice around 15 years ago causing CAT5 to become out-dated. CAT5E, also known as CAT5 Enhanced, has speeds up to 10 times faster than CAT5 and has the ability to cover further distances without compromising connection.
CAT6 cables are newer than CAT5E cables but only by a few years. They are able to handle up to 10GB of data resulting in this cabling being used as the foundation for networks. CAT6A is an updated version of CAT6 and is able to maintain the 10GB of data much more efficiently leading to it being the number one choice between the two.
Is CAT5 or CAT6 Faster?
Although CAT6 is faster and is less susceptible to interference, CAT5 is still a fast option. At their maximum lengths of 100metres, both CAT6 and CAT5 cables support 1GBps transfer speeds which is quick, especially for domestic use.
If you are concerned about bandwidth for commercial use however, CAT6 cables are able to provide greater bandwidth at shorter lengths. With the ability to support 10GBps at 55metres, CAT6 caters to multiple users transferring data at the same time. CAT6 cables also offer better insulation, more durability and greater performance standards.
Business Data Cabling from Ocean Telecom
When it comes to data cabling for your business, we understand it can be confusing when choosing the right one for you. There isn’t a standout choice between CAT5 and CAT6, as it depends on your specific requirements and your location.
At Ocean Telecom, we’ve been advising and installing data cabling solutions for nearly two decades, so we can help you decide which one is best suited to your needs. Contact us today to discuss your business data solutions.