Which ethernet cable is right for you?

Which ethernet cable is right for you?

WHAT IS AN ETHERNET CABLE?

Before determining what type of ethernet cable is best for you, it’s important to know “What is an ethernet cable?”. An ethernet cable enables quick data transfer, particularly with a fibre-optic internet connection. They serve as the medium for high-speed data transfer between devices by transmitting data in small packets and come in various types; such as Cat5 or Cat6 cables.


CAT5 ETHERNET CABLES

Cat5 cables can commonly handle short-distance data transfers at up to 1000Mbps, they are suitable for basic networking requirements at home and at work. For example, our ‘305m External Cat5e UTP Solid Copper Black Network Cable’ is perfect for connecting to CCTV systems. In terms of price, Cat5 cables tend to be the cheaper alternative of the two, so if you’re looking for a cost-effective solution that covers the basics, this is your go-to.


CAT6 ETHERNET CABLES

Cat6 ethernet cables are the speedier option, they can support data transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps as opposed to Cat5’s 1Gbps - this increased speed allows performance optimisation. At Blake UK, we also offer Cat6 FTP cables that have an extra layer of foil shielding around the twisted pairs to protect against electromagnetic interference (EMI) and radio-frequency interference (RFI). If you’re looking to stream high-definition video and other demanding applications, then the Cat6 ethernet cable is a better choice.


All in all, there are many types on the market, your choice depends on your unique needs. Simply put, Cat5 cables are budget-friendly and serve well for standard networking, while Cat6 cables provide higher speeds and enhanced shielding, making them perfect for bandwidth-intensive tasks. 

If you need further advice or have questions about selecting the right ethernet cable for your specific needs, don't hesitate to get in touch with our expert team, and feel free to explore our range of ethernet cables on our website.

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