The Category 6 Ethernet cabling standard is also known as Cat 6. It is a twisted pair Ethernet technology. The Cat 6 cable is fully backward compatible with the lower category standards of Category 5, 5e and 3. A Category 6 cable is designed for improved performance over Category 5 and adheres to more stringent specifications in the areas of crosstalk and system noise than its predecessors. The Cat 6 standard delivers maximum performance of 250 MHz, compared to the Category 5 and 5e specifications of 100 MHz. Cat 6 cables provide infrastructure for the following networks: 10BASE-T (Ethernet), 100BASE-TX (Fast Ethernet), 1000BASE-T/1000BASE-TX (Gigabit Ethernet) and 10GBASE-T (10-Gigabit Ethernet).
Cat 6 Cabling System
To set up a complete Cat 6 cabling system, users will need to order Cat 6 modules and other compatible components. It is recommended that Cat 6 wiring be used in conjunction with Cat 6-rated patch cables, jacks and connectors. This will help to ensure Category 6 cable system performance without degradation. The maximum run length for Cat 6 cabling is 100 metres when used for Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, and Gigabit Ethernet. For 10-Gigabit Ethernet applications, the maximum length drops to 55 metres.
CAT6 UTP Augmentation
Alien noise may occur at high frequencies with CAT6 UTP. An Augmented Cat 6 (Cat 6a) cable was introduced with a design to reduce the noise associated with unshielded twisted pair wiring in the Category 6 standard. The Cat 6a cable can also deliver twice the speed of a Cat 6 system, offering up to 500 MHz in bandwidth.
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