Cat6 & Cat6a Cable Products
CAT 6 Ethernet Cable & Connectors Compared to CAT5 / CAT5e
The two primary categories of ethernet cabling are Category 5 (CAT5) and Category 6 (CAT6), which include the subcategories CAT5e and CAT6a.
Whereas CAT5 cables are rated for a maximum frequency of 100 MHz, Cat-6 can achieve 250 MHz, or even 500 MHz in the case of CAT6a.
Cat-5 could originally carry data at rates of 10 or 100 Mb/s. Cat-5e added the capacity for 1 Gb/s. CAT6 introduced the capacity for data speeds up to 10 Gb/s.
If chaining cables together with connectors, note that ethernet cables operate at peak performance up to 100 M in length. The original version of CAT6 lost performance at data transfer speeds of 10 Gb/s over lengths in excess of 55 M. CAT6a restored peak performance at the full 100 M range.