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What are Category Cables?

Category cables are a popular kind of computer cable. Categories are maintained by the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), and define standards for telecommunications cables and applications. These categories particularly define standards for balanced twisted-pair cabling, fiber optic cabling, coaxial cabling, and connectors.

Which Category Cables are available at Allied Wire and Cable?

  • Cat 5 Cable
  • Cat 5e Cable (Cat5e Riser, Cat5e Patch Cable, Cat5e Plenum)
  • Cat 6 Cable
  • Cat3 Cable

What are some common applications for Category Cables?

Cat 6, Cat 5e, Cat 3, and Cat5 cabling are used for data transmission in various communications and computer applications. They are commonly used to connect network devices like computers, jacks, and patch panels.

How are Cat5 and Cat5e Cables different?

Cat5e cables are updated versions of the original Cat5 wiring. Cat5e cable is rated to 350MHz whereas Cat 5 cable is only rated to 100MHz. This allows for increased bandwidth in Cat5e cable, so it can support Gigabit Ethernet when Cat5 cabling cannot. Cat5e cabling also features specifications for electromagnetic interference that original Cat5 wiring does not.

When shopping for Category Cables, which industry specifications should I look for?

UL/CSA ratings, NEC ratings, ANSI ratings, IEEE ratings, and EIA/TIA 568 telecommunications standards are all important to consider.

What applications use Flexible Data Cable and Signal Cable?

Signal cable and flexible data cable may be used in sensitive data processing equipment, medical equipment, and computer equipment. Signal cables from Allied Wire and Cable feature many characteristics suited to these applications, including the ability to be used in dry, damp, or wet conditions, materials designed to reduce signal interference, and stranding for flexibility.