With the ever advancing cable technologies today you are probably asking yourself when should I use cat6a cable?
Let’s first start with what is cat6a? Category 6 (augmented) is the advanced version of regular cat6. Its speed travels along greater lengths.
10gbps over 100 meters or 330 feet of bulk cable. The big difference comes in terms of its frequency. Regular cat6 cable has a frequency of up to 250mhz and cat6a has frequencies of up to 500 mhz.
The length is restricted in cat6 if you are looking for required performance. The maximum length you should run cat6 at is 100 meters where slower speeds occur or for the best Ethernet results, keep it around 55 meters.
However, cat6a can keep its high performance at 100 meters for all systems.
Costs are another factor in play when choosing which bulk cable to use. Cat6a is a little more expensive. Check out our inventory to see pricing.
Cat6a cables comes in many different types or ratings as well. You might see solid, UTP, STP, Riser, Plenum and its gauge could be 23.
So choosing the right cable first depends on what category you needs. You might want cat6 or if you are looking for grater performance and greater MHz, then go with cat6a.
Where you are putting the cable is another question to ask yourself. There are different ratings of the cable and they each have specific locations that are required. For areas inside ceilings or air duct areas you are going to want to go with Plenum. For installation in the walls you want to use riser cable.
Plenum cable has a higher fire retardant ratings and it is actually the law to install these in plenum rated areas.
Choosing the right cable for you can come down to many different factors but we hope this can help assist in your decision making.
If you have any further questions regarding cat6a or any of our other cables please feel free to contact us today.