Why Cat6a Cable Is the Best Choice for Comprehensive Cabling?

Posted on Dec 8, 2023 by

With the continuous development of high-speed communication, Cat6a has become the most cost-effective and future-proof product. It is not only backward compatible with cat6 and cat5e cables but also supports data transfer rates of up to 10 Gbps and a maximum bandwidth of 500 MHz. If you are considering new installations or upgrading existing infrastructure and purchasing structured cabling, cat6a is your best choice. It is not only the current preferred cable but also the standard for future-proof cabling infrastructure. Here are eight compelling reasons to choose Cat6a.

Optimizing Network Speed and Reach

More and more network resources are migrating to the edge, with increasing demands for data speed and capacity. Cat5/6 cables are susceptible to channel damage in operational environments. Issues such as crosstalk, impedance mismatch, external noise, and echo loss can lead to errors, reducing overall throughput. Designed to overcome these challenges, Cat6a cable supports speeds of up to 10G, reaching a maximum length of 100 meters, nearly three times that of Cat6. In addition to Cat6a ethernet cables, FS provides robust solution support to meet your 10G networking and transmission requirements.

Distance for 1G
Distance for 10G
Cat 5e
100 MHz
Cat 6
250 MHz
Cat 6A
500 MHz
Cat 7
600 MHz
Cat 7A
1000 MHz
Cat 8
2000 MHz

Comply with PoE Power Standards Required for Connected Devices

The continuous integration of enterprise networks consolidates various network devices into a unified network infrastructure. In this process, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are taking full advantage of the updated Power over Ethernet (PoE) standards. These standards enable all four cable pairs to double the power delivery for high-power applications, such as medical devices requiring more electricity, and the updated PoE standard requires higher-grade cables, making Cat6a the ideal choice for these demanding network wiring solutions.

Standardized Support and Extensive Applications of Cat6a

  • General Indoor Cabling

In February 2008, ISO revised the global ISO/IEC 11801 standard, specifying the use of cat6a cables/connectors to provide up to 500 MHz for links/channels.

  • Ethernet Power Delivery

TIA's TSB-184-A Balanced Twisted-Pair Cabling for Power over Ethernet Applications recommends using cat 6a cabling for better support of IEEE 802.3bt four-pair PoE.

  • Wireless Access Points

TIA's TSB-162-A Telecommunications Cabling Guidelines for Wireless Access Point Location recommends using cat6a for horizontal cabling of WAPs in new installations.

  • Medical Facilities

ANSI/TIA-1179-A Healthcare Facility Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard recommends cat6a for new installations (for backbone and horizontal copper cabling).

Support Backward Compatible RJ45 User Interface.

Cat6a cables support the backward-compatible RJ45 user interface. RJ45 is a validated, familiar, and backward-compatible interface that demonstrates the powerful force of standardization, driving the global growth of Ethernet and becoming a universal interface widely used in various scenarios.

Secure and Sturdy

Cat6a cables are among the safest and most durable Ethernet cables available today. The sheath is made of a new environmentally friendly material, PVC CM, providing excellent durability, flame resistance, and flexibility. Through Fluke patch cord testing, specified test reports are available, including NEXT, PS NEXT, ACR-F, PS ACR-F, ACR-N, PS ACR-N, and RL parameters. This ensures the ability to deliver a stable high-speed network connection, guaranteeing the accuracy and reliability of data transmission.

Cat6a Cable

High-Quality Bare Copper Conductor

The Cat6a cables utilize bare copper conductors to maintain their quality. They demonstrate robust corrosion resistance, enabling prolonged use without wear and tear while providing optimal performance. Another benefit of bare copper conductors is their flexibility and good ductility, making them well-suited for use as cable conductors; they can be easily twisted without breaking. Moreover, bare copper conductors do not heat up like other materials, enhancing efficiency. When conductors do not generate heat, fire hazards are reduced or eliminated under most ideal conditions.

Better Performance and RoI

Cat6a provides ten times the performance and double the capacity of Cat6 cables. It represents a significant leap, supporting 10 Gbps transmission compared to 1 Gbps, and doubling the bandwidth from 250 MHz to 500 MHz. While the cost of Cat6a cables may be 10% to 20% higher than Cat6 cables, they are future-proof network cables, once installed, they need no replacement for years and years to come. In the long run, you will achieve better performance and return on investment.

Structured Cabling Solutions

FS provides comprehensive structured cabling solutions, offering support from design to deployment and management. This ensures that you have infrastructure support to optimize your network for any future applications. From PoE, IoT, and smart buildings to Wi-Fi 6/5G and 10-GbE, FS delivers cost-effective copper cabling solutions for large enterprises and small to medium-sized data centers.

In A Nutshell

Cat6a ethernet cables are the optimal choice for both commercial and home applications. FS provides various types of Cat6a cables, from 1 Pcs to 24 Pcs cables per pack, along with customized services. You can select the cables that best suit your diverse network needs.

You might be interested in

See profile for Sheldon.
Decoding OLT, ONU, ONT, and ODN in PON Network
Mar 14, 2023
See profile for Irving.
What's the Difference? Hub vs Switch vs Router
Dec 17, 2021
See profile for Sheldon.
What Is SFP Port of Gigabit Switch?
Jan 6, 2023
See profile for Migelle.
PoE vs PoE+ vs PoE++ Switch: How to Choose?
Mar 16, 2023
See profile for Moris.
How Much Do You Know About Power Cord Types?
Sep 29, 2021