Top 5 reasons to run CAT6 in your office
CAT6 is the shortened term for the latest standardized Ethernet cable which is also known as category 6. CAT6 is capable of carrying data packets and is most commonly used for Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet connections.
CAT6 is the successor to CAT5 and whilst they are very similar in specification and almost identical in their physical appearances there are some key differences that make CAT6 a much better option for almost all cabling scenarios.
What are the key differences?
The differences between CAT5 and CAT6 are technical ones and relate mostly to the bandwidth that the cables support – namely an increase from 100MHZ to 200MHZ when you move from CAT5 to CAT6 cabling.
This bandwidth ultimately affects the performance and the amount of data that can travel down the cable over time – whilst the connection speeds will technically remain the same, CAT6 transmits the data much more efficiently in terms of speed, performance and error correction. These performance improvements allow for much more efficient transmission and also much more stable connection speeds.
What are the Cost Implications?
CAT6 cable will typically be around 20% more expensive than its predecessor which is a small increase compared the increased benefits of using the CAT6 cable. Aside from the performance increase the newer specification is also much more durable so will have a longer life expectancy. CAT6 also has the advantage of being more future proofed in comparison to CAT5 cable due to the fact that more and more services are reliant upon CAT6 and it is expected that CAT6 will be a requirement in the near future rather than just a preference for many software and hardware providers.
Are you interested in learning more about how Cat6 could benefit your office? Contact us today and we’ll be happy to help you determine if it’s time for you to make the switch.