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Why Buy Plenum Cat6 Cables?

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Plenum cables are specially built for plenum spaces, which are rarely-used or accessed spaces like those above ceiling panels or between walls.

by Vikas Dayal • March 21, 2024

Cat5e / Cat6 Cables, Custom Cables, Network Patch Cables, Network Patch Cords, Shielded Ethernet Cable


Plenum cables are specially built for plenum spaces, which are rarely-used or accessed spaces like those above ceiling panels or between walls. Cables.com offers a variety of plenum-rated cables intended for safe use in your home or office space. 

Whether you work from a home office or in a busy commercial park, you probably don't give a lot of thought to what's taking place in "out of sight, out of mind" spaces. What are some examples of plenum spaces? With regard to construction and wiring, plenum areas can include the space between ceiling panels and the roof, between walls, or beneath the flooring; in other words, they're places that most people would have little reason or need to access.

As far as ethernet cables go, Cat6 cables continue to be increasingly popular. They come in several jacket options which include the Cat6 PVC Cable, Cat6 Riser Cable, and Cat6 Plenum Cable.

Why Category6 Network Patch Cables?

Fiber optic internet may currently offer some of the fastest connection speeds available, but ethernet connections remain prized for their stability, affordability, and ease of installation. Currently the industry standard for home and office internet connections, Cat6 cables offer up to twice the speed of Category 5e cables and are gigabit rated, which makes them suitable for POE (Power Over Ethernet) devices; and Cat6A network patch cables operate at frequencies up to 500 megahertz—twice the rate of their immediate predecessor. 

When Do You Need a Plenum Cable?

You can probably imagine why running your power and network cables through plenum spaces would be ideal. Doing so keeps cables out of sight, reducing the unsightly appearance of clutter. But more importantly, installing your cables in plenum areas keeps them away from any unintentional handling or movement that might interrupt their use.

Unfortunately, this also means that because these spaces can be difficult to access, cable being installed there should be sturdy and built to last, as replacing them would be extremely inconvenient. There's also the matter of safety concerns - namely, what might happen if a building should catch fire and there's all that electrical wiring in the walls? Wouldn't that make things more dangerous? 

You can purchase up to 250 feet of Plenum-rated Category 6 550 Mhz cable from our online catalog. This Cat6 cable doesn't come with a boot, so it's the perfect option for tight spaces like your crawl space, duct, or ceiling. It's manufactured with 23awg pure copper wire and 50 micron gold plated connectors. These cat6 patch cords are available in custom colors and lengths, and the best part is that they're manufactured right here in the USA.

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Our Category 6 Plenum Rated Shielded Ethernet Cables feature shielded construction in order to block EMI or electromagnetic interference, ensuring clean signal transmission. They're built with a CMP (plenum) 23 AWG jacket and operate at bandwidths of up to 550 MHz. The jacket is intended to comply with fire safety codes, which means that it's less likely to burn in the event of a fire, which will slow the spread of fire through those plenum spaces. While the jacket itself won't stop a fire, it won't emit toxic fumes as it burns. 

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Why Purchase Plenum Category6 Cables from Cables.com?

With the broad range of cables featured on Cables.com, you're sure to find one that matches the particular configurations you're looking for - booted or bootless ethernet patch network cables, plenum-rated, shielded or unshielded, all of it conveniently available here on one website. We offer cable in lengths ranging from a mere .5 feet all the way up to 100 feet and more, and you'll also have the option of purchasing all of our cables - including power cords and fiber optic cords - in multi packs as well as in bulk. Not sure what exactly it is your network needs? Our Quick Patch Finder can help with that! Plug in your specifications, and it will suggest a cable setup that might work for you.

We're confident that you'll find what you're looking for in our catalog, but don't hesitate to reach out to us through our web form or send us an email at sales@cables.com to discuss the option of manufacturing a custom cable for your particular project. We look forward to working with you!

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