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Category 6A Vs. Category 7 Cables

Posted by Samantha Bante on Jul 18, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Last week our blog post discussed the release of Category 7 Cable. This week we are looking to discuss what factors need to be taken into consideration when choosing Category 7 Cable, and how it compares to the popular Category 6A Cables. 

Understanding what connections you are looking for can help determine which cables will provide your project with the right connection and bandwidth.

Category 6A Cable:

  • UTP/F/UTP- Unshielded Twisted Pairs/Foil over Unshielded Twisted Pairs
  • 500 Mhz of bandwidth
  • 10G Network- does the same as Cat 7 but, has less protection to offer the connection4246A4.jpg

Category 7 Cable:

  • S/FUTP- Shielded over Foil Twisted Pairs
  • 600 Mhz of bandwidth
  • 10G Network- offers more protection with the shieded foil pairs over the connection


Primary Cables Differences:

  • The design of Category 7 Cables offers more shielding and shield effectiveness for the communication signal.
  • Offers less fragmented data rates
  • Used mainly for 4K applications primarily used in: boardrooms, classrooms, hospitals, convention centers, hospitality
  • 100Mhz extra of bandwidth to carry the proper amount of connections


If you have questions about which type of Category Cable is right for your organization, check out WestPennWire Networking Solutions. We can help learn more about low voltage cable solutions that improve uptime, maintain security, and help improve user access.


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Topics: Low Voltage Cables, Category 7 Cable, Category 6A Cable

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