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Cat 6e Cable - Bulk

Lets us provide you with the Cat 6e cable you need for your high performance network installation. We offer Cat 6e cable in plenum, non-plenum, direct burial, and shielded types to support any Cat 6e  network applications. All of our Cat 6e cable is CMR rated, ETL Rated, supports 550 MHZ, and exceeds all TIA/EIA proposed Category 6E standards. Only by Cat 6e cables from a trusted source like Cabling Plus!

Use Cat 6e Cable for high speed network installations!

If you are striving for a faster, more reliable, high bandwidth network then using Cat 6e cable may be the best solution for you. The use of Cat 6e cable has become more and more popular as people put more demands on their networks. A Cat 6e cable is much different than a Cat5e cable due to its thicker gauge (AWG), higher bandwidth, and faster speed capabilities. Cat 6e cable is perfect for all residential and commercial high speed network installations. 

Cat 6e cable is essentially the pipe that delivers all your network signals out to your network devices. These network devices could include IP cameras, network switches, routers, hubs, IP phones, or any other devices that require a network connection. Cat 6e cables can be used for long network cable runs or you can use it to make your own smaller custom Cat 6e patch cables. In order to build a high speed Cat 6e  network you must use all Cat 6e rated components. This means that all your jacks, connectors, punch down blocks, patch panels, and cables must be Cat 6e rated. If you don’t use all Cat 6e rated components the end result will be that your network will perform to the speed of your weakest link. 

At Cabling Plus we offer a huge selection of Cat 6e cable options to support any network applications. We offer Cat 6 cable in shielded, direct burial/outdoor, plenum, and non-plenum types. All of our Category 6 cable is 550 MHz tested and engineer to exceed ANSI/TIA/EIA-568 B.2-1 Category 6e performance standards. All our Cat 6e cables are UL listed, and CMR or CMP rated to ensure you have the cable that supports your local building codes. We always recommend you follow your local building codes and install the Cat 6e cable type that bests support them. At Cabling Plus we offer the Cat 6e cables that are tested and proven in the field to support the highest demands of a network.

What is the purpose of using Category 6 cable?

The purpose of using Cat 6 or Cat 6e cable is to get the fastest speeds out of your network. Using Cat 6 cable for your network ensures you have the ability to get Gigabit speeds from your network. This could be vital is you are looking for more performance and faster speeds out of your network.

What is the difference between Cat5e and Cat 6e cable?

Category 6 cable is a thicker gauge and support 550 MHz bandwidth. Imagine your cable as a highway for voice, data, and even video to travel over. Cat 6 cable provides a bigger freeway for data to travel over. A bigger pipe with less resistance means faster speeds. Cat 6 cable is constructed using 24 AWG copper conductors, where Cat5e uses 24 gauge copper conductors.

Is there any reason to use Cat 6e in a residential installation?

The technology requirements in a home are becoming more robust and more demanding. Plus the growth of streaming media to the home is on the rise, which means the cabling infrastructure in a home will have more demands on it. If you want to plan for the future than it would be smart to start upgrading your network and cabling to an all Cat 6 environment.

Will I notice an immediate increase in performance if I upgrade to Cat 6?

Not only will you notice an increase in performance and speed, but you will also have fewer transmission errors. Fewer re-transmissions of lost or corrupted data packets under certain conditions will be lower in a Cat 6 environment.

What is the purpose of the “Spline” in a Category 6 cable?

Most manufacturers construct their Cat 6 cable with an internal spline. The spline is used to separate the cables pairs while also maintaining the cables geometry. By separating the pairs with a spline performance is increased. Recently, cable manufacturers have found ways to make cables that perform just as well without a spline in the construction. So if you are buying a professional grade Cat 6 cable the construction really does not negatively affect the performance or specifications.

Can I use Cat 6 cable with Cat5e components?

In order to create a high speed network that reaches Cat 6 speeds; you need to make sure that you use Cat 6 rated components from end to end. This means all your keystone jacks, patch panels, RJ45 connectors, and patch cables must be Cat 6 rated. A network is only as fast as its weakest link. So if you use non-Cat 6 rated parts in a network you will only be causing your network to underperform, which means you will not be getting Cat 6 speeds.

Do I need Plenum Rated Category 6 cable for my installation?

If you are installing cables in a plenum open-air ceiling in a home or business than the local building codes will require plenum rated cable. Using plenum rated or CMP rated cable is mostly required in commercial high-rise building installations. The Cat 6 plenum cable includes a special compound in the jacket that causes the cable to slow-burn while stopping harmful chemicals from releasing into the air. Again, the plenum Cat 6 cable is mostly used in commercial buildings where cable is ran directly in an all plenum open-air ceiling.

Will Cat5e eventually be completely replaced my Cat 6?

Eventually it will be. But Cat5e cable will always have is place in simpler or smaller networks where Gigabit speeds are not important. Plus Cat5e cables are great for sending weaker network signals between devices and components where speed is not crucial.

Do I need special tools or RJ45 connectors to terminate Cat 6 cables?

Since Cat 6 cable is a thicker gauge you will need to use connectors that are specifically made to support Cat 6. The tools won’t change but the connectors will. The most important part of any network installation is to ensure you have the right connectors that are specifically designed to support the cables you are using.

What is the difference between solid and stranded Cat 6?

Stranded Cat 6 cable is used most commonly to make Cat 6 patch cables. The stranded cable is really designed for shorter cable runs, which is why it is perfect for making patch cables. It is also more flexible, which helps when routing and bending cables from components and devices that are installed in a network rack environment. The solid Cat 6 cable is the most common cable type used for long cable runs in a building or home as you wire for computers, IP telephones, security cameras, home automation products, or any other devices that call for a network signal.

What do they mean buy “bulk Category 6 Cable”?

Bulk cable is when you buy cable in its most raw form. Usually this means you are buying cable in a 500ft or 1000ft box. Bulk cable also comes without any connectors pre-installed on the cable. So you need to have the tools or terminate the cable and the connectors to put on the ends as you install it. Bulk cable is used to pre-wire homes and businesses for network connectivity.

When would need to use outdoor rated Cat 6?

Outdoor rated or direct burial rated Cat 6 cable is most commonly used in installation where cable is ran in the ground, in the ground in a conduit, or outdoors where it is exposed to the sun and rain. A direct burial rated Cat 6 cable will have a thicker more durable jacket that is UV rated to protect it from extreme weather conditions. It will also have either a gel or water block tape internal construction that combats any moisture that may enter the jacket. Pretty much any outdoor network installations should use an outdoor rated Cat 6 cable. If you don’t you really take the risk that your cable will quickly corrode and eventually fail.

What is the longest distance I can run Cat 6e cable?

The best distance for running Cat 6 cable is about 300 feet in a 10/100/1000BASE-T network environment. In a 10GBASE-T network environment that maximum recommended length falls to about a 180 feet. But if you are installing numerous cables in large bundles the maximum distance may fall to about a 121 feet just because you are creating an extreme alien crosstalk environment. It is important to always test your cable runs after installation so you can ensure you are reaching your desired speeds when installing long cable runs. If you have longer cable runs to support there are injectors and/or baluns that can assist you in sending your network signals longer distances over Cat 6 cable.