Category 6A Cable Types
Category 6 A cable is a copper 10gige solution and has a bandwidth of 500mhz most organisations have bypassed Cat6 and gone for Cat6A.
Most data centres now install Cat6A as a minimum requirement as data centres are bandwidth hungry most SAN (storage area networks) within the data centres that provide hosting and additional services use cat6A with a fibre optic backbone.
When we look at testing of Cat6a we need to take into consideration alien crosstalk this is vital in unshielded cat6a networks, with POE + and new wireless AC standards the requirement for shielded networks become the normal standard. By using shielded solution it reduces alien crosstalk within the network.
Category 6A types
- U/UTP = Unshielded Twisted Pair
- F/UTP = 1 foil outer and all four pairs unshielded twisted pair
- F/FTP = 1 Foil outer and then individual pairs with an outer foil
- STP = Shielded twisted pair normally braided shield and all pairs with individual foils
Category 6A is also classed as Class Ea the (A) being augmented a true 10gige Base T solution