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Should you get a Cat6 or Cat7 Ethernet cable for your network?

An article on the popular Ghacks technology news blog by Martin Brinkmann, entitled, "Should you get a Cat6 or Cat7 Ethernet cable for your network?", raises the question about the value of different categories, and recommends Category 7 Ethernet cable with backward compatibility for many installations.


An article appeared last year on the popular Ghacks technology news blog, founded by the article's author, Martin Brinkmann, entitled, "Should you get a Cat6 or Cat7 Ethernet cable for your network?" Brinkmann wrote that online and brick-and-mortar shops "carry Cat5, Cat5e, Cat6, Cat6a and Cat7 ethernet cables, but how do these differ from each other?" He went on to indicate that most question, which cable should you pick for your home network and are there other things that you need to take into consideration?"

Most important, as delineated by Brinkmann, is that all of the above categories, "are backward compatible. A Category 7 cable, for instance, is backward compatible with Category 6 and Category 5e." For the parameters for each, the notable benchmarks are, "maximum transmission speed, shielding, the supported distance and price."

For Cat7 Ethernet Cables (and the newer standard, Cat 7a), they have maximum speeds of 10,0000 Mbps and maximum bandwidth of 1,000 MHz. Using the standard of running cable throughout an entire home -- clearly, professional facilities such as network architectures and datacenters have similar parameters -- Brinkmann suggests that buyers, "go with Cat7a if you can afford it and want to be as future proof as possible as you get a maximum speed of 40 Gigabit Ethernet up to 50 meters and 100000 Mbps Ethernet up to 15 meters." The higher categories are of higher price, and that price, "does not really play much of a role if you just need to connect a computer to a router but it makes a difference if you cable your entire apartment, house or Office building."

Datacomm Cables (through our online site, helps to reduce the overall cost burden on Cat 7 cables, both shorter and longer range, with very high quality Category 7 Ethernet cables at very reasonable prices.

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