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Category 6a or Augmented Category 6 is an enhanced performance standard for ethernet twisted pair cable systems. Category 6a is design to perform at frequencies up to a minimum 500 MHz, twice that of standard Category 6.
Our cable is tested up to 650 MHz and is perfect for use with 1000Base-T and 10GBase-T high speed Ethernet network installations. This high performance cable meets or exceeds the ANSI/TIA/EIA-568-B.2-10 specifications for Cat 6a cable.
To achieve the network performance of 10GBASE-T, 6a cable must be properly installed and terminated to meet specifications. The Cat 6a cable's maximum effective length is 100 meters (328 ft) in a favorable environment. Only Cat 6a designated connectors and distribution panels should be used.
As in all Category cables installations, maintaining the integrity of the twisted pairs is paramount for performance. The cable bend radius should be at least four times the diameter of the outer jacket. Untwisting of the wire pairs at the point of termination should be minimized.
Cat 6a cables are most commonly utilized with unshielded twisted pairs (UTP). However, environments with large motors, generators and certain types of high-voltage lighting are major sources of Electromagnetic and Radio Frequency Interference (EMI/RFI).
In these applications, shielded twisted pair (STP) cable will help protect data signals when connected properly. Shielded Cat 6a cables should be grounded only at the equipment end for safety and effectiveness.
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Whether you're doing new installations or upgrading your existing infrastructure, Warehouse Cables has the Cat 6a bulk cable you need, at an affordable price!