Uncle Ted's Guide To
Communications Cabling

UTP Cable Performance By Category



 Cat 5
 Cat 5e
(Class D)
 Cat 6/6A
(Class E)
(Class F)
 Cat 8
Supports networks  100Base-T  1000Base-T
(with more "headroom")
None currently considered
 >10GBase-T for data centers

 Test Frequency  100 MHz  100MHz  250/500 MHz  600 MHz  2000 MHz
 Length  100 meters  100 meters  100 meters  100 meters
 RJ-45 Compatible  yes  yes
 No?  ?
 Field Tester Requirement:  Level 2  Level 2e  Level 3  Class F

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