Cat5e Cable

Cat5E Ethernet cables are one of the most popular types of network cable for connecting computers, modems, routers and other wired internet capable devices. Cat5E cable (which stands for “Cat5 Enhanced”) offers significant performance improvements over older Cat5 cable, including up to 10 times faster speeds.

Cat5e cables are made of 4 pairs of twisted wire (8 total wires) that have a copper core with a colour coded insulation. The cores of Cat5e cable can be solid or stranded wire, solid core cables have a single copper core and are designed for use in permanent and semi-permanent installations over long distances. Stranded core cables have multiple strands of copper conductors twisted together, typically designed for patch cords to connect PC’s and internet equipment over shorter distances.

Shielding
Cat5e network cables are available with various types of shielding that suit many different installations. The shielding type is identified by specific abbreviations. These abbreviations are used to create an acronym of the shielding type a specific cable has. Below are the most common shielding types:

  • UTP or U/UTP Unshielded Twisted Pair
  • F/UTP Overall Foil Shield + Unshielded Twisted Pair
  • U/FTP No Overall Shield + Each Pair Foil Shielded
  • S/FTP Overall Braided Shield + Each Pair Foil Shielded
  • SF/UTP Overall Foil and Braid Shield + Unshielded Twisted Pair
  • F/FTP Overall Foil Shield + Each Pair Foil Shielded


What's the difference between Cat5 and Cat5e cable?
Cat5 cable and Cat5e cable have several differences, the most important are as follows:

  • Network support - Cat5 cable will support 10/100 Ethernet. That is, Ethernet and Fast Ethernet. Cat5e cable will support 10/100/1000 Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, and Gigabit Ethernet. Cat5e cable can be used in any application in which you would normally use Cat5 cable.
  • Less crosstalk – Crosstalk is the electrical interference that results when one wire's signal affects another wire's signal. Cat5e cable has been improved over Cat5 cable in this respect, and crosstalk has been greatly reduced.
  • Bandwidth - This is directly related to network support, in the sense that the bandwidth is the information-carrying capacity of a system. The greater the bandwidth, the greater the data carrying capacity in a given period of time. Cat5e cable is rated at 350 megahertz, and it is this increased bandwidth (compared to Cat5 cable) that allows it to support Gigabit Ethernet.

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RS Stock No. 791-7019
BrandRS PRO
$11.23
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25m Grey UTP LSZH - Terminated - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 557-492
BrandRS PRO
$17.09
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10m Grey U/UTP LSZH - Terminated - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 557-048
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$10.00
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5m Blue F/UTP PVC - Terminated - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 226-659
Mfr. Part No.AUDIOLAN4P10
$202.05
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100m Black F/UTP PVC Unterminated Unterminated - 26 AWG - - - 5.9mm - Multipairs
RS Stock No. 843-8898
Mfr. Part No.09474747023
BrandHARTING
$106.67
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RS Stock No. 556-972
BrandRS PRO
$6.55
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RS Stock No. 913-1829
Mfr. Part No.09456000146
BrandHarting
$651.12
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50m Yellow Aluminium Foil, Tinned Copper Braid PUR Unterminated Unterminated Stranded 26 AWG Flame Retardant, Halogen Free 19 19/26 6.8mm 26 AWG Twisted Pair
RS Stock No. 557-240
BrandRS PRO
$8.07
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3m Grey F/UTP PVC - Terminated - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 557-389
BrandRS PRO
$22.20
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10m Green F/UTP PVC - Terminated - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 557-464
BrandRS PRO
$277.40
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305m Grey U/UTP PVC Unterminated Unterminated Stranded 24 AWG - 1 1/24 5mm 24 AWG Twisted Pair
RS Stock No. 657-2056
BrandRS PRO
$15.59
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10m Blue U/UTP LSZH - Terminated - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 862-5679
Mfr. Part No.09474747019
BrandHARTING
$54.99
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RS Stock No. 791-6983
BrandRS PRO
$10.80
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RS Stock No. 791-7015
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$10.41
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RS Stock No. 557-193
BrandRS PRO
$233.29
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305m Purple U/UTP LSZH Unterminated Unterminated Solid 24 AWG Low Smoke Zero Halogen (LSZH) 1 1/24 5mm 24 AWG Twisted Pair
RS Stock No. 556-926
BrandRS PRO
$19.67
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RS Stock No. 468-6260
Mfr. Part No.PX0837/3M00
BrandBulgin
$56.84
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RS Stock No. 556-724
BrandRS PRO
$3.68
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RS Stock No. 791-7006
BrandRS PRO
$21.12
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