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 Question by sachin sorate posted 10 May 2006
can u tell me diffrence between cat5,cat5e,cat6
techncal diffrence i kwon cat6 is faster than other but what makes cat6 faster than others
 Answer by Joseph Golan posted 10 May 2006
Dear sachin,

In a nutshell category 5, 5e and 6 cables are designed to meet certain criteria for performance. For example Category 5 was designed to handle 100BaseT Ethernet, Category 5e was designed to handle 1000BaseT Ethernet and Category 6 was thought to be able to eventually provide 10Gig Ethernet. Category 6 has fallen short of this goal an a new specification for Augmented Category 6 is expected to be released in June of this year.

As years have gone past, there has been development of these faster networks and new cables had to be designed to meet these needs. Thing that go into the design of Category 6 cable to achieve these higher speeds and bandwidth are changes to conductor size, materials used for the conductor insulation, twist rate, lay of pairs and proximity to other sources of noise and interference (alien crosstalk for example). A visit to a manufacturer of structured cabling might also provide some additional information and history of cable design.

Joseph Golan, RCDD

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