Frequently Asked Questions: Computer Cable

Computer Cable (Cat 5, Cat 6, Cat 3, Cat 5e)

Computer Cable (Cat 6, Cat 5, Cat 5e, Cat 3)

Which Category Cables Are Available from Allied Wire and Cable?

What Are Some Common Applications for Category Cables?

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

How Do Cat 5 Cable and Cat 5e Cable Differ?

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

When Shopping for Category Cables, Which Industry Specifications Should I Look For?

These are a few of the industry ratings you should consider when browsing product spec sheets for Cat 6, Cat 5, Cat 5e or Cat 3 cables:

  • UL/CSA ratings
  • NEC ratings
  • ANSI ratings
  • IEEE ratings
  • EIA/TIA 568 telecommunications standard

For more information on wire and cable standards, visit our Standards Organizations FAQ page.

What Is Ribbon Cable?

Ribbon cable is also known as planar cable or flat cable because it is composed of several conducting wires lined up, flat and parallel to one another. This construction gives ribbon cable the appearance of an actual ribbon. It is ideal for applications in which space must be conserved, including internal computer wiring and wiring that must be run beneath carpeting. Ribbon cable is also used in automated termination equipment.

For Which Applications Can I Use Flexible Data Cable and Signal Cable?

Signal cable and flexible data cable may be used in sensitive data processing equipment, medical equipment and even 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.


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