Category 5e (solid) structured wiring cable (also known as Cat 5 Enhanced or Cat 5e) is designed for data transmission in computer networks running at 10 or 100 Mbps. This is a preferred choice for the 1000BASE-T/100BASE-TX specifications.
The Category 5e 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 – Category 5e / Cat 5e|
|solid 24AWG plain copper conductors|
|polyethylene (PE) core insulation|
|cores twisted into pairs|
|optional steel wire armour (SWA)|
|outer sheath material & colour varies|
|Technical – Category 5e / Cat 5e|
|conductor make-up:||solid 1x 0.51mm diameter (0.205mm² area)|
|screening options:||UTP (or U/UTP) = unscreened twisted pairs|
|FTP (or F/UTP) = overall aluminium/polyester foil screen|
|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: Category 5e / Cat 5e (solid) structured wiring cable.
For higher frequency versions (Cat 6-7) 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.