copper clad aluminum cablesAre you looking to upgrade your network infrastructure? When it comes to choosing your cabling, there are many high-quality cables like Pure Copper Cables to choose from. Of course, there are some others to avoid, such as CCA (Copper Clad Aluminum) Cables.

You may prefer high quality, but sometimes you might be tempted to try some cheap alternatives like CCA cables. However, they can cause an array of issues within a short period of time. What are the differences between CCA and Pure Copper Cables? Why should you choose Copper Cables over CCA Cables?

What are the Major Issues of CCA Cables?

1)      Compliance

One of the biggest issues that come from using CCA cables is that twisted pair cables are not compliant with UL/ETL and TIA standards. They also do not have a National Electrical Code safety listing, so they cannot be utilized in buildings that require CM, CMX, CMG, CMR, or CMP-Rated Cables. They could also pose network problems and fire safety hazards.

2)      Durability

While they might initially seem like a more cost-effective solution, CCA cables are more likely to suffer from corrosion and oxidation. They have a much higher DC resistance than copper, which can lead to connectivity problems, damage to devices, and more frequent failing. This means you may face lengthy delays as you try to find the fault, as well as much higher costs with regular replacements.

3)      Flexibility

CCA cables also have a far lower bend radius and flexibility in comparison to solid copper cables. This means that they are more brittle and prone to breaking, resulting in more frequent failures. For example, when moving a patch panel or a faceplate, or during installation.

An additional reason to stay away from CCA cables is the poor quality of the PVC sheathing. The use of poor-quality sheathing can save some money for the manufacturer of CCA cables, but you may find that the sheath coloring is bright, shiny, and has a bad odor. Exposure to the CCA cables using this sheathing may affect your skin, liver, and nervous system. Long-term exposure can cause a rare form of liver cancer. By using RoHS Compliant cables, you can rest easy knowing they do not contain hazardous substances that could harm you, your employees, or your customers.

How to Recognize CCA Cabling?

previous Syston blog post has tips on how to recognize CCA cabling. To discover which types of twisted-pair communications cabling you should be using as part of your network infrastructures, such as Category 5e, Category 6, and Category 6A, schedule a call with one of our cable experts!

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**Written by Syston Cable Team**

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