Belkin RJ-45 Cat6 UTP Ethernet Network Patch Cords/Cables arranged in the increasing order of their length: Top row: 3-feet, 5-feet, 7-feet, 10-feet, 15-feet; Bottom row: 25-feet, 30-feet, 50-feet, 75-feet, 100-feet.
What is the Cat 6 UTP Ethernet Patch Cord/Cable used for?
This is the cable that is used to connect different network devices together. For example, you can connect a computer to your modem/router or a laptop to your network switch using Cat 6 UTP Ethernet patch cord/cable. These days, many devices offer Ethernet connectivity – IP Phones, X-box/Playstation, Video streaming devices, IP Surveillance cameras, etc. A network cable can be used to connect all these devices to the network.
What is a Patch cord/patch cable?
A patch cord/cable is a network cable that comes with pre-terminated ends. Both the ends are factory-crimped with RJ-45 plugs and hence you need/should not cut it or crimp it by yourselves. Factory-crimped cables are more reliable and can withstand higher degree of stress/moves-adds-changes over hand-crimped cables. Plus, you don’t need any special devices to cut or crimp the cables. UTP patch cords come in various sizes and some of the popular sizes are given above.
How are Patch cords/cables used?
Patch cords/cables can be used to connect a computer with a switch/router directly. However, with structured cabling (which is a better way of connecting cables in larger networks), patch cords are used to connect patch panels to switches and wall plates with computers/laptops.
Where can I find more info/technical info on Patch cords/cables?
Why Cat 6 UTP Network patch cord/cable?
There are various types & standards for Network cables. While Cat 5E type of network cables are very popular and also support gigabit networks, it is better if you buy Cat 6 cable if you are buying them now. It’s worth investing in Cat 6 cables over Cat 5E cables as they can support higher bandwidth over larger distances. Cat 6a/Cat7 cables might be an overkill right now, but not if you are investing in a network backbone (connecting different switches, etc).
What is an UTP Cable?
UTP stands for Unshielded Twisted-Pair Cable. These are very popular and are used for most indoor network connectivity applications. There are other specialized cables available for outdoor/industrial environment. The UTP cables contain 4-pairs of copper strands for carrying data/power. In a pair, one strand is used for sending data and the other is used for receiving data. Each copper strand is twisted around it’s pair in order to minimize interference from neighboring strands and external sources.
A good quality cable will carry the right number of twists for a given length and this factor is important for avoiding packet losses. That’s why you should always buy good quality cables, even if they are priced higher. The copper strands and contact material also needs to be of a high quality in order to ensure long life. Good quality cables will not be affected even if you pull many of them together.
However, it is not recommended to pull UTP cables along with electrical cables.
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