Category 6e structured cabling is an international cabling standard that allows a single infrastructure for connecting a variety of telephone and computer systems in one manageable network. It’s made up of six subsystems:
- Entrance facilities – the point where the line from the telephone company network ends and connects to your business
- Equipment rooms housing equipment
- Backbone cabling – connects different buildings.
- Horizontal cabling goes through ceilings and floors to work areas
- Telecommunications rooms or telecommunications enclosures – connect between the backbone cabling and horizontal cabling.
- Work-area components – connect employee’s equipment to outlets from the horizontal cabling system.
Cat6a supports bandwidth frequencies of up to 500 MHz, twice the amount of Cat6 cable, and can also support 10Gbps like its predecessor. However, unlike Cat6 cabling, Cat6a can support 10 Gigabit Ethernet at 100 meters. [Cat6 cabling, on the other hand, can transmit the same speeds at up to 37 meters.]
Cat6a also features more robust sheathing which eliminates alien crosstalk (AXT) and improves upon the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). “A” = augmented. The stronger sheathing makes Cat6a cabling considerably thicker than Cat6, also making it less flexible to work with, and therefore, better suited for industrial environments at a lower price point.
NOTE: 250-500Mhz/10 Gbps /100m.