The rate of speed for data transfer is now measured Gigabit per second. If your data transmission speed is still at Megabit per second, then that means your cable networking already needs upgrading or better yet changed. Strong signal transmission and high speed data transfer make us get our work done in no time. Having Fast Ethernet running at 100 mbps is now superseded by Gigabit Ethernet which transmits data packet at 1000 mbps or 1 Gigabit. Ethernet cables that support the speed of 100mbps are the Cat5 cable generation. Now that Gigabit Ethernet rules the internet and telecommunications, Gigabit Ethernet Cat6 cable was introduced.
For you to upgrade your network connection to Gigabit Ethernet, then make sure to have the following before installation.
Router – Make sure to choose a high end router than can handle high speed and has excellent signal transmission capabilities.
Computer – It is best for you to use an upgraded computer that has upgraded hardware. Your computer must be equipped with standard Ethernet cards and network interface cards; and most importantly,
Cat6 Cable – This is the sixth generation, Category 6 cable designed to accommodate high data transfer rate of Gigabit Ethernet. It is 10X faster than Cat5 cables. It has very good signal transmission because it made of bare copper.
Why Use Cat6 Cable for Gigabit Ethernet?
It’s simply because this is what this cable is made and designed for. The cables which consist of four twisted pairs of copper wires inside can handle various data transmission speed for 100BASE-TX (Fast Ethernet), 10BASE-T, 10GBASE-T (10-Gigabit Ethernet) and 1000BASE-T/1000BASE-TX (Gigabit Ethernet).
This cable design meets the structured cabling system standards by using 8P8C Modular connector where the cables are terminated with T568A and T568B pin assignments on the connector. This makes Cat6 backward compatible with older lines of connectors used in Cat3, Cat5, Cat5e cables. This also makes the cable compatible to most computer ports.
This Cable category was also designed to be more resilient to cross talk or electromagnetic interference and system noises, making it capable to efficiently transfer data packet successfully even with the presence of outside barriers.
Important Installation Reminders
-The Cat6 cable performs at maximum quality in cable distance not exceeding 100 meters (328 ft.). All 100 meters include horizontal cabling from the patch panel to the wall jack which should not exceed 90 meters. The remaining 10 meters is for the maximum distance between your wall jack and your computer or any other connected device. If you need a distance more than the stated maximum, then you can use the augmented category 6 cable (Cat6a).
-Although the cables are made of bare copper which make it resilient to harsh pulls during installation, you should not kink or bend the cable too tightly. Do not untwist the copper wires inside and do not strip the outer jacket more than 1 centimeter.
-If you are installing your cable network in a high EMI environment, it is best to use a shielded Cat6 cable to diminish the undesired effect of EMI to the cable data. High interference can corrupt data that are being transferred through the cable wires.
The cost of setting up your Gigabit Ethernet may be expensive, so one helpful remedy to lower the cost a bit is, if you already have existing routers, then no need to change and buy a new one. You can just instead buy a switch for your router to make it compatible for Gigabit Ethernet connection. This would generally cost you some money but it’s all worth it. The time and energy you save, from this high speed and efficient data transfer, is equally precious.