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Cat 5e, Cat 6, Cat6a and Cat 7 Cables

Category 5 (CAT 5E), Category 6 (CAT 6 and CAT 6A) and Category 7 (CAT 7) cables are structured cabling for computer networks such as Ethernet. Their specification cover their construction, performance characteristics and test requirements. Category 7 cables are specified in CENELEC EN 50173:2002 and ISO/IEC 11801:2002 standards for installation cables only, however Category 7 cables are not yet recognised by the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA/EIA). Category 7 cables, in addition to the approved Cat 5e, 6 and 6a cables, form part of a wide range of cables used for the transmission of Gigabit Ethernet.
 

CAT 5E, CAT 6 AND CAT 6A cables

CAT 5E, CAT 6 & CAT 6A APPLICATIONS

Cat 5E Category 5E supports a frequency range of up to 100MHz and is designed for transmission speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second (Gigabit Ethernet).
Cat 6 Category 6 supports a frequency range of up to 250MHz and is designed for transmission speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second (Gigabit Ethernet). Cat6 offer improved performance and transmission reliability, especially in connection with the 1000BaseT and 1000BaseTX protocols.
Cat 6A A very high performance data cable designed for transmission speeds of up to 10GB per second. Developed specifically with the new 10GBaseT Ethernet protocol in mind. Category 6a offers 500MHz bandwidth and so is suitable for the most data-intensive applications used on metallic computer networks.
Cat 7 Category 7 cables are very high performance data cable designed for transmission speeds of up to 10GB per second over 100m, and supporting frequency ranges up to 600MHz. They are backwards conmpatible with Cat 5e, Cat 6 and Cat 6a, and have individual and overall screening to meet strict crosstalk requirements.

CAT 5E UNSHIELDED TWISTED PAIR (UTP) CABLE CONSTRUCTIONS

  Cat 5E UTP PVC Cat 5E UTP PE Cat 5E UTP SWA LSZH Cat 5E UTP LSZH Cat 5E 25 UTP LSZH

Cat 5E 25 UTP PE Duct Grade

Number of pairs 4 4 4 4 25 25
Conductor Solid copper (Class 1)
Insulation High density Polyethylene (HDPE) HDPE PE
Drain wire - -
Separator - Mylar tape
Screen - -
Braiding / armour - Steel wire armour (SWA) -
Rip cord Tinned copper - Nylon
Outersheath PVC PE Low smoke zero halogen (LSZH) PE
Colour Grey Black Violet Grey Black

 

  Cat 5E FTP PVC Cat 5E FTP PE Cat 5E FTP LSZH Cat 5E PE FTP GSWB LSZH
Number of pairs 4
Conductor Solid copper (Class 1)
Insulation HDPE PE
Drain wire Tinned copper
Screen Al-foil
Braiding - GSWB
Outersheath PVC PE Low smoke zero halogen (LSZH)
Colour Grey Black Violet Black

Cat6 & Cat6A Cables

CAT6 & CAT6A CABLE CONSTRUCTIONS

  Cat 6E FTP PE Cat 6A U/FTP LSZH Cat 6E U/UTP LSZH Cat 6A U/UTP PE
Number of pairs 4
Conductor Solid copper (Class 1)
Insulation HDPE PE Polyolefin HDPE
Drain wire Tinned copper
Screen Al-foil
Outersheath Low density polyethylene (LDPE) LSZH LSZH LDPE
Colour Black Blue Light blue Black

CAT7 CABLE CONSTRUCTION

  Cat 7 S/FTP 4 Pair LSZH
Number of Pairs 4
Conductor Solid Copper (Class 1)
Insulation Foam-skin PE
Individual screen Aluminium / mylar tape
Drain wire Tinned copper
Overall screen Tinned copper wire braid (TCWB)
Outersheath LSZH
Colour Grey


We supply a wide range of other CAT 5E, CAT 6, CAT 6A and CAT 7 cables in addition to those set out above. Our technical team has a wealth of experience on supporting customers with the selection of the optimal cable for their applications. Our Cable Lab® also provide testing services in relation to third-party structured cabling and installations.

Range of Cables

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Cable Standards and Approvals

Cat 5e FTP PVC Cable

Cat 5e UTP PVC Cable

Cat 5e UTP PE External Cable

Cat 5E UTP LSZH Cable

Cat 6 UTP PE Cable

Cat 6 FTP PE Cable
ISO/IEC 11801, TIA/EIA-568-C.2

Cat 5E FTP PE Cable

Cat 5E FTP LSZH Cable
ISO/IEC 11801, TIA/EIA-568-C.2, YD/T1019

Cat 5E PE FTP GSWB LSZH Cable
ISO/IEC 11801, TIA/EIA-568-B

Cat 5E UTP SWA LSZH Cable
BS EN/IEC 60332-1

Cat 5E 25 Pair UTP LSZH Cable
TIA/EIA-568-B.2-1, ISO/IEC 11801 2nd Edition

Cat 5E 25 Pair UTP PE Duct Grade Cable
TIA/EIA-568-B.2-1 6/2002. ISO/IEC 11801 2nd Edition

Cat 6 UTP LSZH Cable
ISO/IEC 11801, TIA/EIA-568-C.2, BS EN/IEC 60332-1

Cat 6A U/FTP LSZH Cable
TIA/EIA-568-B.10, IEC 61156-5, IEC 60332-1

Cat 7 S/FTP 4 Pair LSZH Cable
ISO/IEC 61156-5, IEC 60332-3C, BS EN 50288-4, YD/T1019

Belden 10GX24 Cat 6A U/UTP LSZH Cable
TIA/EIA-568-C2. IEC 60332-1, IEC 60754-1, IEC 60754-2, IEC 11801 ed Class EA

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About Eland Cables

About Eland Cables

Established in 1975, Eland Cables is a supplier of power, data, instrumentation and control cables and cable accessories to the world's most demanding industries and to some of its most prestigious projects. Our reputation is built on an unswerving focus on quality, technical expertise and customer service.

Quality

Our focus on quality has resulted in our in-house specialist cable testing facility securing the ISO 17025 accreditation. This certifies the competence, impartiality and performance capability of our laboratory and its evaluations. In turn, it means peace of mind for our customers with regard to the quality of the cables they source from us.

Expert tecHnical support

Our highly-qualified technical team is on hand to provide technical support with all aspects of cable selection, technical specification, regulatory requirements, and bespoke cable design and manufacture.

Complete Cable Solutions

We are a key contributor to projects in over 100 countries every year, adding value through comprehensive technical support, reliable logistics, innovative solutions, and a customer-centric approach.

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The Cable Lab®

UKAS-accredited specialist cable testing laboratory

About Eland Cables

The Cable Lab® our in-house cable testing facility, is UKAS-accredited to ISO 17025, which is the single most important standard for calibration and testing laboratories around the world. Accreditation to this international standard demonstrates our laboratory's technical competence and the accuracy of its results.

For our customers, it means peace of mind. They can have full confidence in the quality of our products and can demonstrate due diligence in selecting their cable supplier.

Our customers can also rely on the Cable Lab's services for an independent, objective and comprehensive quality assessment of cables procured from third parties.

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