Cat6a Ethernet cables of the 5 foot length have a variety of uses. These cables will suffice for connecting routers/switches to Cable/DSL modems, computers to routers/switches or even in the server/network room for connecting ports on patch panels. These Ethernet Cables are great for the home office or any other environment.
Cat6a was developed to achieve maximum distance of 90 meters for full 10-Gigabit network speeds. This robust spec will afford you the extra headroom across your network that Cat6 can not. The 500 Mhz performance is double that of Category 6 and five times the bandwidth capacity of Category 5e. The extra performance is ideal for Power over Ethernet (PoE) and Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) applications where data loss is audibly and visually seen and heard. The latest draft declares a new measurement for Power-Sum Alien Crosstalk to ensure neighboring pairs do not cause disturbance to the other cables. The cable center isolator maintains strict pair separation optimizing NEXT performance. Our Cat6a patch cables are complete end-to-end solution and are tested for compliance with all EIA/TIA-568-C Category 6 specifications.
This particular cable is a blue UTP (Unshielded Twisted Pair) patch cable with molded boots (snagless installation) and extra protection for the RJ45 connector and clip. Cat6a cable includes a spline and ribbing to help ensure separation between the pairs which limits cross talk. The connectors are wired to the T568B standard. The individual conductors are 24 AWG (American wire gauge) stranded pure copper. Cat6a patch cables are stranded to improve flexibility. Pure copper conductors provide the best signal possible. The RJ45 plug features gold connectors to prevent corrosion thus ensuring a longer cable life.
At first, the the 5' cable did not work. In trouble shooting the problem I found that there was a difference in the RJ-45 connectors on the new Cat6A cables and my existing Cat5E cables. Under close magnification, the plastic body of the new connectors was found to be a slightly smaller than Cat5E cable connectors. This resulted in a loose fit when the cables were plugged in thus not making good connections. By carefully holding the new connector in the center of the Jack and inserting the connector straight into the Jack, satisfactory contact was made. All three cables are working perfectly as long as they are not moved. When plugged into a jack, the connectors move side to side.