Ethernet Cables is a necessity for networking and everyday internet uses. Various cables are used for carrying the signal between two end points. Most common type include Cat 5, 5e, Cat 6, 6a, and the RJ45 connector is widely used.

The connection in most office and home environments rely on twisted wire pairs within the cable. Cat 5, Cat 6 and Cat 7 all used this format.

Twisting the wires together enable the currents to balance. For example, the current in one wire moves in one direction while the other wire of the pair the current is going in the other. This enable the overall fields around the twisted pair to cancel.

There are different methods that can be used for shielding Ethernet cables. The most common is to place a shield around each twisted pair. This not only provides shielding for the cable externally, but also reduces cross-talk between the internal twisted pairs as well. Manufacturers can further enhance the performance by placing shielding around all the wires in the cable just under the cable sheath.

A further difference within the Ethernet cables between Cat 5, 5e, 6, 6e, or Cat 7 is the structure within the cable. Solid and stranded.

Solid cable uses a single piece of copper for the electrical conductor. Stranded wire uses a series of copper strands twisted together. Although when buying a patch cable, it may not be necessary to know this. However, when installing a long cable it may be important as each type is slightly more suitable for different applications.

Cackle Telecommunications is proud to provide Ethernet Cables to NZ businesses. Choose from a selection, explore our products to find the right solution for you.

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