Ideal upgrade or replacement for Cat5 cable.
Capable of supporting 100BASE T and Gigabit Ethernet.
Maximizes network speed with higher bandwidth.
Ideal for VoIP, video, and file transfers.
Foot-marked cable in the easy-to-use pull box.
4-pair unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cable 24 AWG solid bare copper conductor.
Communications riser (CMR) is insulated with high-density polyolefin and jacketed with low-smoke polyvinyl chloride (PVC). High-density polyethylene insulation, PVC jacket.
CM/CMR-Rated-rated for use in walls and conduit in ceiling.
The unshielded twisted pair, or UTP, the cable is the most common type of cable used in computer networking. It consists of multiple pairs of wires arranged in a certain order. As its name suggests, UTP cables are not electrically shielded and may be prone to electrical or radio interferences if used in certain environments.
UTP cables use eight wires grouped in four pairs, each composed of a solid-colored wire and a stripped wire. Each wire is twisted a certain number of times to minimize interferences with the other pairs. A higher number of twists per inch results in higher data transmission. The Electronic Industry Association and Telecommunication Industry Association have established six-speed standards for UTP cables, with category 1 cables being the slowest and category 6 cables the fastest.
The category of a UTP cable has a high impact on its usage range. Category 1 cables have a speed of 1 Megabit per second, or Mbps, and can only be used in telephony. Category 2, 3, and 4 cables are used in telephony and low-speed networks; CAT 5 cables have a speed of 100 Mbps in a two-pair configuration, known as 100BaseT Ethernet, and 1,000 Mbps if all 4 pairs are used, such as in Gigabit Ethernet. Category 6 wires are capable of speeds up to 10,000 Mbps. Category 5 cables are the most used in regular networks, while category 6 cables are more specific to high-speed networks between servers.
UTP cables use RJ-45 connectors, a larger version of a telephony connector. The order of the wires in the connector varies depending on the use of the cable. Two types of wiring exist straight and crossover. Straight wiring is used to connect different types of devices, such as computers and switches. In a straight-wiring configuration, both connectors have the same wiring arrangement at both ends, known as T568B. Crossover cables are used to connect devices of the same type together, such as computer-to-computer or switch-to-switch, and have one end wired in T568B configuration and the other end in a similar configuration but with two reversed pairs. This configuration is known as T568A.
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