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 learn about the latest trends and technology. That's great. because it educates people about where things are going, provides fresh information, and allows people to think about where their network cabling and data centers will be changing in the coming years. 

But it's important to never forget the basics in the cable world, like CAT6 cables. Although cable fundamentals may not be new and exciting, they are immensely important.

Let's Get Back to Basics With a Little Refresher On CAT6 Cables

When you need to get back to basics, it's usually due to people becoming too concerned with complicated details or new theories without accounting for the simple foundational ideas or activities.

Well, That's How It Is With Copper CAT6 Cables

In most data centers there is a mixture of both copper and fiber cables. 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 to consider when determining whether you need copper or fiber cabling depends on 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 is often more thought put into the structured fiber applications. Generally speaking, you will find copper in the horizontal runs that can be used to connect end devices to patch panels and to provide a connection between patch panels.

So although many people default to fiber because it's newer and for many other good reasons, don't forget that copper is still a key player in the cabling game.