Whats the difference between Cat 5e and Cat 6 cables?
Cat 5e and Cat 6 cables are both used for network cabling but differ mainly in performance and application.
Cat 5e cables support speeds up to 1 Gigabit per second, while Cat 6 cables are designed to handle higher speeds of up to 10 Gigabits per second over a limited distance.
Cat 6 cables have more stringent specifications for crosstalk and system noise, which allows them to provide faster data transfer rates and better performance for applications that demand high-speed connectivity.
Additionally, Cat 6 cables are typically thicker and may have a more rigid exterior due to increased shielding, which can make installation in tight spaces more challenging compared to the thinner and lighter Cat 5e cables.
In terms of cost, Cat 6 cables are generally about 10-20% more expensive than Cat 5e cables.