Cat 6, 6a, 7 (solid) structured wiring cable (also known as Category 6, Category 6a and Category 7) is designed for data transmission in computer networks.
Cat 6 is suitable 10BASE-T/TX & 1000BASE-T/TX. Cat 6a is defined at frequencies up to 500 MHz, twice that of Cat 6. Cat 7 is rated for frequencies of up to 600 MHz as standard, 1000 Mhz versions are available.
The Cat 6, 6a, 7 range includes cables suitable for use in a variety of environments & applications. Versions with stranded conductors (called patch cables) are also available on request.
|Construction – Cat 6, 6a, 7|
|solid 24AWG or 23AWG plain copper conductors|
|polyethylene (PE) core insulation|
|cores twisted into pairs|
|optional steel wire armour (SWA)|
|outer sheath material & colour varies|
|Technical – Cat 6, 6a, 7|
|conductor make-up:||1x solid strand between 0.51mm & 0.58mm diameter|
|screening options:||UTP (or U/UTP) = unscreened twisted pairs|
|FTP (or F/UTP) = overall foil (aluminium/polyester) screen|
|F/FTP = individual foil screens plus overall foil screen|
|S/FTP = individual foil screens plus overall tinned copper wire braid|
|sheath options:||PVC (polyvinylchloride) for standard use|
|LSZH (low smoke zero halogen) for increased fire safety|
|PE (polyethylene) for external or ducted applications|
|optional SWA:||for direct burial or harsh conditions, PE, PVC or LSZH sheath|
|(armouring can reduce performance, please check if critical)|
|bend radius:||dependent on type, please check if critical|
|temperature range:||dependent on type, please check if critical|
|core identification:||coloured white & blue, white & orange, white & green,|
|white & brown (colours may be solid or striped)|
A printable PDF specification is available here: Cat 6, Cat 6a, Cat 7 (solid) structured wiring cable.
For lower frequency versions (Cat 5e) return to the Data, Signal, Structured Wiring front page.
Note: low smoke zero halogen / halogen free (LSZH, LSOH, LSHF, OHLS) should not be confused with LSF (low smoke and fume), an in-depth explanation is shown on our LSZH Control Flex front page.