Cat 5e vs Cat 6 vs Cat 6a Network Cable Usage Statistics

Author: IPVM Team, Published on Aug 16, 2017

Cat 5e? Cat 6? Cat 6a?

What do integrators use in practice, today?

140+ integrators told IPVM. Here are the results:

For those who want to learn more about the technology, see IPVM's Network Cabling for Video Surveillance Guide.

Inside this note, we examine the statistics and the main reasons integrators choose each of them.

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