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What Is Cat 7 Cable and Do You Need It?
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Innovation marches on, and wire and cable technology is yet another area where the “latest and greatest” can be found on Google via a simple search. The newest type of Ethernet cable is cat 7, or category 7 cabling.

Cat 7 cable was designed to handle 10 Gigabit Ethernet traffic over 100 m of copper cabling. As such, it has much stricter standards for crosstalk and systems noise that cat 5e or cat 6. It contains four twisted wire copper pairs just like cat 5e and cat 6 cabling, but each pair is individually shielded to achieve these standards.

It is important to note that no cat 7 cable types are officially “approved” at this time, so if having the blessing of a standards body is important to you or your business, it is best to stick with “tried and true” cat 5e cabling unless you have very large files you need to transfer very quickly.

Also, cat 7 cabling is designed for 10G traffic which most small and medium businesses don’t necessary need now. This doesn’t mean that the evolution of the Internet won’t change this in the future, but the good news is that cat 7 is compatible with cat 5e and cat 6. All three types of cabling can coexist in the same network, which means you can upgrade the sections of your network that require it in the future while leaving your older cat 5e and cat 6 cable in place.

But if you, like Robert Bosch corporation, want your network to still be current 18 years in the future – then cat 7 cabling may be worth it for you. Robert Bosch also opted for TERA connectors instead of RJ-45 to extend the overall capabilities and frequency range of this “state-of-the-art” infrastructure.

Whatever your cabling or infrastructure needs, network cabling installers are there to help! The professionals will take an in-depth look at your business model and make well-considered recommendations for your current and future needs. Call professional network cabling installers today to start moving your network in the right direction!

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Mark Doyle
Mark Doyle is a cables/wires specialist and the founder of “The Wires Blog”: