Cat5e, Cat6, Cat6a and Cat7

Cat5e, Cat6, Cat6a and Cat7

Copper Cable  

Our design process is created by heavily trained professionals and it considers multiple factors, such as: 


    • Cabling medium 
    • Building structure 
    • Future growth 
    • Hardware 
    • Effectiveness 
    • Building regulations 
    • Access 
    • Health and safety 

Copper cabling has been used in the communications industry for more than 100 years, and it is still in use in many networks today. While there have been several advances in network technology in recent years, with fibre-optic networks and wireless networks becoming more popular, copper cables still dominate most networks because they are affordable, fast and reliable. There are several different kinds of copper network cabling. 


Cat 6 cables superseded Cat 5e with a higher bandwidth of 250MHz giving better characteristics for PoE, Power over Ethernet. 


Cat 6a cables offer significantly more bandwidth at 500MHz, so they are popular for higher-end applications such as 10 Gigabit Ethernet. 


Cat 6 and Cat 6a cables use the twisted pair design, but these cables are more durable and offer significantly more bandwidth, so they are popular for higher-end applications such as 10 Gigabit Ethernet. 


Cat 7 and Cat 7a are one of the fastest form of copper wire network cable. This cable offers the fastest speeds, and a bandwidth of up to 600MHz for CAT7 and 1000MHz for Cat 7a. However, it is also the most expensive type of copper cable. 

It is important that you choose the right kind of copper data cabling for your network’s needs. Some business owners are reluctant to invest in copper cables because fibre-optic technology provides even greater bandwidths.  


Cat 8 is capable of supporting bandwidths of up to 2 GHz (2000MHz) for up to 30 meters of cable. Cat 8 can also support 25Gbps/ 40Gbs speeds. The physical appearance of Cat 8 cable is similar to lower category cables and still terminated in RJ45 connections. Most commonly used in a Data Centre environment  



However, for most business applications there is no need for the extra bandwidth that fibre-optic technology provides. Copper cabling is fast, reliable and affordable and is also easy to maintain. 


Varciti offer manufacturer warranties on all installs no matter the size. 


If you would like to know which technology is the best choice for your network, please do not hesitate to contact our team of networking professionals at Varciti. We would be happy to discuss your needs and explain your options.