Everything You Need To Know About Cat6a Ethernet Cable

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From bandwidth capacity to the number of wires, here are answers to every question that pops up in your mind when you bombard Google’s search box with Cat6a Ethernet cable

What is the frequency of Cat6a Ethernet cable? 

TIA/EIA has set the bar for bandwidth capacity for Cat6a cable at 550 MHz. Here at NewYork Cables, the bandwidth capacity of Cat6a Bulk Cable is 750 MHz. It means our ethernet cable can keep signal strength intact over longer runs and you enjoy optimum connectivity. 

How fast is Cat6a cable? 

When it comes to ethernet cables, the element of fast is related to data transfer speed. The Cat6a Cable 1000ft, being an augmented 6th generation cable, supports maximum data transfer rates of 10 Gbps up to a distance of 100 meters or 328 feet. This lightning-fast data transfer rate is accompanied by an augmented bandwidth capacity of 750 MHz. 

What is the rated bandwidth for a Cat6a cable?

The TIA/EIA standards for bandwidth capacity for Cat6a cable stands at 550 MHz. Here at Smartech Cables, we manufacture Cat6a ethernet cables that come with an augmented bandwidth capacity of 750 MHz. 

Why would I use a Cat6a cable?

You will need a Cat6a ethernet cable for the following applications: Ethernet 10 Gigabit, 100BASETX, 155ATM, 622ATM, 100BaseVG ANY LAN, AES/EBU Digital Audio, AES51, RS-422, and NTSC/PAL Component or Composite Video.

If you need to run cable in plenum spaces, you will require a Cat6a plenum cable; for riser spaces, a Cat6a Riser, and for outdoor installations, a Cat6a PVC cable. 

How many individual wires are in a Cat6a cable?

There are 8 individual wires or conductors in a Cat6a ethernet cable. To provide protection against crosstalk and to cancel EMI, these 8 conductors are tightly bundled together in 4 twisted pairs. 

The 8 conductors are either made up of pure copper conductors or copper-clad aluminum (CCA). Pure copper conductors are far superior in performance and for the very same reason, they are much more expensive than the CCA cables. Pure copper conductors have less attenuation (loss of signal strength) and they have excelled crosstalk and EMI characteristics.

Specification Cat5e Cat6 Cat6a
Cable Jacket Plenum, Riser & PVC Plenum, Riser & PVC Plenum & Riser
Wire Gauge 24-AWG 23-AWG 23-AWG Highly Twisted
Frequencies 350 MHZ 550 MHZ 750 MHZ
Installation Temp 0°C to 60°C 0°C to 60°C 0°C to 60°C
Pairs 4 Twisted Pairs 4 Twisted Pairs 4 Twisted Pairs
Package Easy Pull Box Easy Pull Box Wood Spool
Colors Black, Blue, White, Red, Green, Yellow Black, Blue, White, Red, Green, Yellow Black, Blue, White, Red, Green, Yellow
Standard Compliance ETL, FCC, CE, CSA, ISO/IES, RoHS FCC, CE, CSA, ISO/IES, RoHS ETL, FCC, CE, CSA, ISO/IES, RoHS

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