Why Cat 6A Cable?

For a network to last as long as it can, it has to anticipate and adapt to meet rapid and ever-changing bandwidth requirements.

Thus in 2004, the IEEE 802.3an 10GBASE-T working group set out to create and develop a new standard to meet this growing need. Their work concluded in the creation and introduction of Cat 6A Cables to the world.

Since then, usage of Cat 6A cables has increased over the years. Applications for Cat 6A cables include IoT, Wi-Fi 6/6E/7, four-pair PoE, smart lighting, building control/automation, in-building cellular. As more applications for Cat 6A cabling are found, the need for Cat 6A will only continue to increase.

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Cat 6A Cable vs Other Copper Cables

To learn more about Cat 6A Applications, check out our Uses for Cat 6A cables blog.

Advantages of Cat 6A Cables

Cat 6A Cable are cost-effective for current, emerging, and future applications

For today’s installations to hold up against the future, some planning is required. Cat 6A cables can outperform Cat 5 and Cat 6 cables. With improved performance over its predecessors and lower power consumption, Cat 6A cables are the way to go. Using Cat 6A cables for current installations are a cost-effective way to ensure today’s installations are ready for whatever needs and usage the future requires.

Supported Distance (meters) Per Application & Cabling Category

Cat 6A cable enables networks to support 10 GbE channels and 10GBASE-T up to 100 meters.

Some problems that can interfere with cable performance include crosstalk, impedance mismatch, external noise, return loss, and more. Cat 6A cables were created to avoid these problems and support 10 GbE channels up to 100 meters. At 100 meters, Cat 6A cables can even support 10GBASE-T.

Cat 6A cable can be Unshielded or Shielded  

Unshielded cables are the more cost-effective choice. Shielded cables offer more protection against interference and other issues that may arise. When deciding whether to go with unshielded or shielded cable for installations, there is no need to worry. Syston Cable offers both cables for whatever a particular installation needs.

Cat 6A cable has exceeded 1 Gbps Wi-Fi technology

Access points for today’s Wi-Fi can reach speeds up to 6.77 Gbps. This means a 10GBASE-T connection needs to run at its highest data rate. Cat 6A cabling can meet this requirement. TSB-162-A’s “Telecommunications Cabling Guidelines for Wireless Access Point” recommends using Cat 6A for this kind of installation.

Cat 6A cable has backward compatibility with the RJ45 user interface

Cat 6A cables are compatible with RJ45 connectors, the same ones used by Cat 6 and Cat 5e cables. No new tools or connectors are required to install Cat 6A cables.

Cat 6A cable supports wireless network systems that require 10G technology

A new network system that relies on 10GBASE-T LAN technology can depend on Cat 6A cables. They are great for remote power supply and can support multiple operators.

Overall, Cat 6A cable offers a range of benefits that make it a popular choice for high-speed networking applications.

To meet the needs of today’s sophisticated, high-speed, wide-bandwidth electronics over long distances, with minimum signal loss or degradation, Syston Cable Technology SySPEED® Brand offers a wide range of Cat 6A portfolios in Riser, Plenum, and Direct Burial rated cable. Perfect for every type of application.

If you have any questions about our Cat 6A products, please feel free to contact us via our website or Facebook page.

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