Our structured Cat 5e cabling installers have worked on Cat 5e cabling installations in offices up and down the UK. We have successfully delivered many Cat 5e structured cabling system installations. We have done fewer Cat 6 installations as it is still not a commonly used cabling system. However we do have successful experience of the Cat 6 cabling installations carried out by our cabling engineers and installers.

Cat 5e was most widely known as being rated for its ability to support Ethernet at 100 Mbit/s. Category 5e cable came with three twists per inch of each twisted pair of 24 gauge copper wires within the cable. Each wire in a Cat 5e cable is insulated with a plastic (FEP). It is the specific twisting of the wires and the insulation within the Cat 5 cable that helps to decrease electrical interference and crosstalk.

Cat 5e cables were widely used in structured cabling for computer (data) networks such as Fast Ethernet. These Cat5e cables are also proven for carrying many other signals, ATM, and including basic voice services.

Category 6 cable, or Cat-6 as it is more commonly known, is a standard cabling system for Gigabit Ethernet and other network protocols. Cat 6 is backward compatible with the Category 5 (Cat 5) and Category 5e (Cat 5e) crosstalk and system noise. The Cat 6 cabling system standard provides performance of up to 250 MHz and is suitable for 10BASE-T / 100BASE-TX and 1000BASE-T (Gigabit Ethernet). It is expected to suit the 10GBASE-T (10Gigabit Ethernet) standard, although there will be limitations on length if unshielded Cat 6 cable is used. Category 6 cable can be identified by the printing on the side of the cable sheath.