If you’re installing network cabling in an office or large building, it’s important to use a Cat6a plenum cable that meets the industry standards and specifications of Cat6a cable. For example, you want to be sure that your plenum cable can handle gigabit Ethernet speeds and high bandwidth capacity transmissions. Our Cat6a Plenum cable comes in red, black, and blue colors, with connectors that can be used with both regular patch panels and pre-made panel systems. This is one of our most popular products because of its versatility.
What Is Plenum-Rated?
In general, plenum cables are constructed from materials such as flame retardant cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) or pure fluorinated ethylene polymer (PFA), which prevent potentially hazardous fumes and heat from forming. As a result, they’re safer to use than PVC cables. Like another category of cabling, plenum cable is characterized by its jacket type: riser-rated cabling usually uses PVC jackets, while plenum-rated cabling usually uses either XLPE or PFA jackets. The term plenum cable was coined because it is intended for installation in a building's plenum—the space above its drop ceilings where HVAC systems are installed.
Advantages of Using CAT6A Cable
CAT6A cable, although not very much in use has a lot of advantages over its predecessors. One of its biggest benefits is that it will support up to 10 Gbps speeds making it future-proof. It's truly one of a kind when it comes to data transfer rates. The CAT 6 cabling system is actually based on 3 different cables: CAT 6, CAT 6A, and CAT 7. Each of these is used for specific applications depending on their capabilities.
While all three share similar specifications, they differ slightly in terms of maximum transmission speed. CAT 6 supports transmission speeds up to 250 MHz (500 Mbit/s), while CAT 6A can handle transmission rates as high as 500 MHz (1000 Mbit/s). For reference, Ethernet runs at 100 Mbit/s or 1 Gbit/s (1 billion bits per second). If you want your network to be able to reach these higher speeds, then you'll need Cat6A Cables 1000ft. These cables are also backward compatible with previous versions of ethernet so you won't have any trouble connecting them if you're upgrading from an older network setup.