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Network / LAN cables (STP and UTP)CAT3 vs. CAT5 vs. CAT5e vs. CAT6 vs. CAT6e vs. CAT6a vs. CAT7 The cables are physically different for each CAT standard. The "maximum length" includes the solid "horizontal" cabling between the patch panel and the wall jack, the patch cable/s, connectors and jacks. Proper installation needs to be done to meet the standard - this includes ....more..
Network / LAN cables (STP and UTP)
The cables are physically different for each CAT standard.
- CAT3 : 10Mbps / 100m
- CAT 5: 100Mbps / 100m
- CAT5e: 1,000Mps / 100m
- CAT6: 10,000Mbps / 55m (10GBASE-T speeds - maximum distance at maximum transfer rate)
- CAT6a: 10,000Mbps / 100m
- CAT6e: Not a recognized standard. Performs better when installed in an environment with high noise or RF interference.
- CAT7: ISO standard only. 40Gigabit Ethernet: 40Gbase-T / 50m
UTP cables are the most commonly used cables for ethernet connections, and have a number of advantages. They rely on the cancellation affect caused by the twisting of the wire pairs to handle noise, which is more than enough for most domestic uses. They are also smaller than STP cables, which makes them easier to install, particularly in bulk or in narrow spaces. They are easier to install than STPs, and do not require the presence of a grounding cable. UTP cables are also cheaper than STP cables, and do not require as much maintenance, since they do not rely on an outer shield, and can transmit data as fast as STP cables. However, they are more prone to noise than properly installed and maintained STP cables. They are best used for domestic and office ethernet connections, and in any area where there is not a high degree of electromagnetic interference.
While both STP and UTP cables have their pros and cons, when installed and maintained properly in a situation appropriate to their uses, both work perfectly fine.