Summary:The UTP CAT5E Cable is a standard Ethernet cable that comes in both unshielded and shielded varieties. It features a RJ-45 connector that plugs into a
The UTP CAT5E Cable
is a standard Ethernet cable that comes in both unshielded and shielded varieties. It features a RJ-45 connector that plugs into a standard network interface card (NIC) or router.
Category 5 cables are used for data and telephony connections in local networks, including home offices, small business offices, school/enterprise networks and data centers. Compared to coaxial or fiber optic cabling, they use twisted pairs of copper wires instead of single-mode or multimode fiber.
This design allows for a greater signal-to-noise ratio to prevent interference caused by external sources such as magnetic fields and electromagnetic radiation. It also minimizes crosstalk between wire pairs.
Unlike other Ethernet cables, Cat5e cables support Gigabit speeds, which means they are up to spec for Internet of Things (IoT) setups and data center applications that require high-speed transmission over long distances. However, this upgrade only makes sense if you have the hardware to handle the bandwidth requirements.
The wires in a Cat5e cable are coated with metal shielding to help minimize electromagnetic interference (EMI). This type of cable is generally used in environments where there may be fluorescent lights, electric motors or any other potential source of EMI that could interfere with data transfer.
The wires are twisted together in an alternating pattern, which helps to cancel out any potential crosstalk and ensure that the signal is strong enough to reach the end destination. This type of shielded cabling is often called STP CAT5e or Shielded Twisted Pair CAT5e, and is available in both solid foil and braided versions.