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When Do You Need a Category 8 Ethernet Patch Cable?

Category 8 cables are the latest and greatest ethernet cables you can use to power your home or office data network.

Cat8 cables can support up to four times the bandwidth of a Category 6A ethernet cable.

by Vikas Dayal • August 18, 2023

Network Patch Cables


Category 8 cables are the latest and greatest ethernet cables you can use to power your home or office data network. Cat8 cables can support up to four times the bandwidth of a Category 6A ethernet cable.

When it comes to powering your home or office data network, there are so many options it's hard to know where to start. While fiber optic is often considered the "latest and greatest" when it comes to data transmission, it can be a pricey investment and might be more than you really need for your purposes. Despite all the recent developments, Category 5e and Category 6 network patch cables remain the most commonly used cables for running your home or business network. But when should you consider stepping up to a Category 8 ethernet cable? 

Ethernet Cables Today

Category 5e patch cables are an updated version of the Cat 5 cables that revolutionized networking in the 1990s. The difference is that Cat5e cables can handle speeds of up to 350 MBPS, whereas the regular Cat 5 cables can only handle speeds up to 100 MBPs, but are nonetheless reliable at high speeds.

Category 6 network cables, also known as Cat6, are currently seen as the industry standard for networking. The newer Cat6 standard ethernet cables offer up to twice the performance of Cat 5e cables or Category 5e cables, and are gigabit rated. All Category 6 cables will work with POE (Power over Ethernet) Devices without any need for further cabling.

While these options might be more than enough for your needs, you might be considering taking the step toward investing in a Category 8 ethernet cables.

Why Cat8 Ethernet Cables?

Category 8 ethernet cables were first released in the year 2016, and can support bandwidths of up to four times that of a Cat6A cable. Here at Cables.com, we offer two different types of shielded Cat8 cables for purchase at some of the best prices on the market.

Our 24 awg shielded Category 8 network patch cables feature a thick 24 awg jacket with each pair of internal wiring foil shielded and an overall braid shield, providing remarkable signal transfer. With 2GHz Bandwidth and 40Gb data transfer rate you wont need unnecessary fiber to copper converters since these will do the job.

blue Cat8 Shielded 24AWG 40GB Ethernet Network Cable - shop cables.com.

These cables are fully compatible with all RJ45 connectors, including those devices intended for Cat5e or Cat6 ethernet cables, and are factory-molded and tested.

You can also find 26 awg shielded Cat8 ethernet cables here at Cables.com. AWG refers to "American Wire Gauge," and it's worth keeping in mind that the larger the number, the smaller the wire diameter is. So these 26 awg cables will have a more slim diameter than that of our 24 awg cables. Nonetheless, they operate at the same speed and strength of our larger diameter cables, with pure copper conductors for clean, reliable transmission and shielding that will protect your connection from EMI, or electromagnetic interference. 

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While we stock our cables in a variety of lengths and sizes, you have the option of ordering your cables in custom lengths and configurations. Contact Us or send us an email at sales@cables.com to discuss your custom cable order. We can also offer our cables for purchase in bulk pricing, guaranteeing that you'll be able to get all the cable you need for your job at the best prices!

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