Cat6a Ethernet cables have been implemented and qualified by Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) as an industry performance standard for the speed limit of 500MHz. They are considered as an ultimate advancement of Cat6 cables as they have all those exclusive features that Cat6 don’t cover. Whenever an advancement of cables come in the market it automatically makes it hard for the old cables to survive in the market. However, it’s not the case with Cat6a as even after the introduction of Cat7, its place in the market is intact for its great features.
The standout features and the practical applications make Category 6a (Cat6a) one of its kinds, let’s dig deep into them in detail.
Potential bandwidth also known as network support defines as the ability of cables to support networks at different speed and frequency. Category 6a have an ultimate ability to support networks that run up to 10G per second.
Data transmission is defined as the transfer of data from on networking device to another at speeds of gigabits per second. Cat6a have the ability to transfer data at the rate of 10GBASE-T. (BASE-TX is a physical layer standard which is created by TIA which defines the transmission of data per second and it’s only for Cat6 and 7). 10GBASE-T is considered as an advanced data transmission rate.
Category 6a have a miraculous ability to transfer one terabyte from one networking device to the other in just 20 minutes. On the other hand, Cat6 and Cat6e take at least 3 hours to transfer one terabyte, which is a clear indication that Category 6a is made exclusively to upgrade the speed from hours to minutes.
Frequency Range (min):
As per the Telecommunications Industry Association industry performance standard, Cat6a must perform at the standard limit of at least 0 to 500 MHz.
Frequency Range (max):
As per the Telecommunications Industry Association industry performance standard, Cat6a must perform at the standard limit of 600 MHz at the maximum.
Performance distance is defined as the distance up to which cables can perform. Category 6a have the ability to perform up to the distance of 328 feet. It usually vary in networking cables but each Cat6 cables has the same performance distance.
AWG (American Wire Gauge)
Category 6a use 22-AWG as they consist of four twistedpair of copper wires.
Cat6a use RJ45 connector type. RJ45 is considered as a very common type of twisted pair network connector 8 contact modular plug and jack.
The cost of Category 6a is a little high as compared to the other Ethernet cables for the fact that their features are advanced and they support networks that run up to 10G per second. However, despite the high price they are in great demand as their features are worth a little extra cost.
Cat6a are commonly used in robotics, motion control, CNC machines, industrial process control, railways, data centers, battlefield communications, office networks and others. Their applications have been increasing day by day for their advanced features.