Since the mid to late 1980s, cabling standards have been constantly evolving. Understanding the key performance differences of each new iteration can be confusing. To help bring clarity and understanding to the topic, Kordz has authored a comprehensive, insightful article on the benefits and drawbacks of the various networking cabling types. 

Packed with valuable information and insight from the cabling experts at Kordz, ‘Category Cables Demystified: From Cat5e to Cat8’ helps systems integrators choose the most appropriate cable for their projects based on scope, size and budget.

‘Category Cables Demystified: From Cat5e to Cat8’ is freely available to systems integrators here.

It breaks down network cabling choices in terms of bandwidth support, data transmission rates, interoperability and recommended applications, as well as performance disadvantages. 

Presented much like a handy reference guide, the information shared in ‘Category Cables Demystified: From Cat5e to Cat8’ is designed to be quick and easy to digest and it includes a chart that outlines the key features of each class of cable.

“Networks have come a long way since their inception in the late 1970s,” says James Chen, Kordz Managing Director. “Network cable technology has progressed along the way, leading us to the next generation of Cat6, Cat6A, and beyond – solutions that push the boundaries of home and business networks by supporting bigger bandwidth, more reliable and stable connectivity, and delivery of more power to more devices.

“While it may seem natural to assume that the higher numbers represent better performance, this is not always the case. Our newly published article makes sure integrators understand the best use cases for every type of cable – new and old – to strike a perfect balance between network performance and affordability.” 

The article clears up misconceptions about Cat7 and Cat8 being “better” cables than Cat6/6A. While both of these next-generation cables offer numerous improvements, they still have certain limitations, including cost and signal distance. These and other differentiators are covered in depth.

For more information about Kordz, its comprehensive line of networking products and range of resources available to integrators, click here.

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