With over 100 years combined experience, our engineers at Networx3 have been providing Cat5 cable installation projects across a wide range of industries.
What is Cat5 Cabling
Put simply, Cat 5 cable is a computer network cable consisting of four twisted pairs of copper wire. It is also referred to as Ethernet cable, or LAN cable.
As the most widely implemented solution for LANs (Local Area Networks), Cat5 wiring has been delivering cost effective stability since 1985.
Why do I see Cat5 sometimes described as Cat5e?
Since 2001 you are more likely to see Cat5e being offered instead of Cat5 with the ‘e’ standing for enhanced. Improvements of Cat5e include:
- Capability to handle Gigabit networks – Cat5 is rated for 100Mbps, Cat5e 1000Mbps
- Reduced crosstalk (NEXT & FEXT) – noise on the line