Cat6 Cables: Getting Back to Basics

Cat6 Cables: Getting Back to Basics

Cat6 Cables - implemented correctlyIf you look at technology and cabling industry websites, you get to learn about the latest trends and technology.   That's great.  This educates people about where things are going.  It provides fresh information.  It allows people to think about where their network cabling and data centers will be in the coming years. 

But it's important to never forget the basics in the cable world, like Cat 6 cables..  It's important to remember those cable fundamentals.  They may not be new and exciting. However, they are important.

So let's get back to basics with a a little refresher on CAT6 cables

From Urban Dictionary - "If you talk about getting back to basics, you are suggesting that people have become too concerned with complicated details or new theories, and that they should concentrate on simple, important ideas or activities."

Well, that is how it is with copper cat6 cables.

There seems to be a lot hoopla (and rightly so!) about the high end data centers. In most data centers there is a mixture of both copper and fiber.  Here are some quick points on the application of copper (Cat6) and fiber cables.

  • Copper cabling, of one type or another, is the preferred media type for connecting servers to the first layer of switches
  • Fiber cabling is used for storage applications and distances beyond 100m

Considerations for Cat6 Cables

The biggest factor when determining if you need copper or fiber is determining what the equipment you are connecting to requires. Basically, are the network components fiber or copper?

Because of the high cost of fiber vs. copper, there often is more thought put into the structured fiber applications. Generally speaking, you will find copper in the horizontal runs, it can be used to connect the end devices to patch panels; and to provide a connection between patch panels

The point? Just remember the copper!