CAT6 Cabling: What is the BIG DEAL about AWG (American Wire Gauge)?

CAT6 Cabling: What is the BIG DEAL about AWG (American Wire Gauge)?

By Steve Napoli | Senior Strategic Account Executive

“Why does the gauge matter in my network’s racks? I mean, I use standard CAT6 cabling, and it works for me!” 

Wire gauge is an index that indirectly (inversely and logarithmically) tells us the cross-sectional area of a round wire. If you’re cabling up 48 ports of CAT6 that doesn’t seem like a ‘big’ deal. However, consider this. 

CAT6 cabling standards typically utilize 23 American Wire Gauge (AWG) conductor.  That = .0226 inches in diameter per wire. So what? In terms of area, that = .2582 mm². Multiply that by your 48 cables. That quickly adds up to a robust bundle of goodness.

So we know that the larger the gauge, the smaller the wire, but the relationship is logarithmic not linear. For example, a 40 AWG solid wire has a circular mil area, as specified by the National Bureau of Standards of 9.61; a 30 AWG wire has a circular mil area of 100.5, a 20 AWG wire comes in at 1020, and a 10 AWG at 10380.

Where am I going with this?

The typical 23AWG CAT6 occupies .2582 mm², compared to the significantly smaller .0810mm². When you compare the two sizes, you quickly realize having all those wires bundled together in your network rack would be much easier to manage with the latter. 

The answer is simple - reducing the size of your CAT6 cables means simpler maintenance, which saves time and money.

I don’t know about you, but if I could reduce my waistline by a much smaller percentage, I would be ecstatic!

So, how do you get your hands on thinner, sleeker, and more attractive CAT6 cables? Contact CABLExpress today! And remember, it is the size of the WIRE, not the size of the wire with its insulation, that is measured in AWG.

To read Napoli's original article click: here.


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