Network Cable Usage Statistics 2020 (Cat 5e vs Cat 6 vs Cat 6a)

By John Scanlan, Published Sep 02, 2020, 08:04am EDT

Integrators are split between using Cat 5e, 6, and 6a but 2 of them have gained at expense of the other, in new IPVM statistics.

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175+ integrators answered "What category of cable do you install the most (e.g., 5, 5e, 6, 6a, etc.)? Why?". Inside we provide reasons why integrators chose each including:

  • 2020 favorability statistics
  • Comparison to 2017 usage statistics
  • Analysis of cable category usage
  • Integrator responses and reasoning

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2020 ***** ******** ***

** **** ******** * cable ** *** ***** leader *** ***** ************ with **% ******* **** lead **** **, ****** the **% ******* **** Cat **. ***** *** 6a **** ** *****, it *** *** **** growth.

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2020 ** **** ************ **********

******** ** **** *****, Cat5e ** **** ************* (from **% ** **%) while ***** ** ** notably (**** **% ** 16%), ** ***** *****:

Analysis ** ***** ******** *********

*** * *** ** both ****** ************ **** the **** * ***** for ******* *******:

  • ********* ********** *** * / **
  • ****** ********
  • ************ ******
  • ******* ** ******** ** price

***** *********** *** ************* on *** **, ******* it ** **** *** prime *** *** * is ***** ****** ** price ** **** *** switch.

****** *** ** *** is ****, ***** *** still **** ******* **** Cat ** *** *** following *******:

  • ***** ******** **** ***** of ************ *********
  • *****
  • **** ** ************

Cat * *** ********** ** *** ******** ********

*********** *** ******** * cable *** **** *** to *** ***** ***** similar ** *** ** and ** ** ******** specified ** *********.

  • "*** * ** *** tender ***********"
  • "** *** *** **** regular ***. *** ** price *** **** ** our ******** *** **** with ****. **** *** exception ** *** **** fiber *** ****** *********."
  • "** **’* ********"
  • "*** * */*** , it's *** ****** ********. we *** ******** ****** for ******* ************"
  • "******** *. *** * requirement ******** **** ** Portugal."
  • "****, ***** ** ****** available ** *** ****** . ****** * ***** is ******** ********* ** the *** **** ** the **********"
  • "* ********* ******* ***** for ****** ***** ********."

Cat ** ****** ****** ** *** * / ** ** ******* **** & *** ************

** *** *** *** why *** ** ** losing ******, *** **** integrators ******* ***** ********* which ******** *** *'* similar ***** *** *** 5e ***** ********* ** outdated.

  • "***** *** **** **** (on *** *), ****** proof *** *** * / ** ** ** longer *********"
  • "** ** ********."
  • "**** *** **** (** Cat *), ** *****'* make ***** ** ******* CAT5 *** ******"
  • "*** ******* *** ******* so **** ** **** isn't ****; ** **** a ***** **** ******* division ** ** *** be ******* **** ****** pricing ******."
  • "****/** ***'* ******* ******"
  • "****. **'* **** "******", price ********** **** ***** is *** **** ****, and **** ********* *** for **."

Cat ** ******** *** *** **** *** **** ** *******

**** *********** *** ***** using *** ** *** to *** *** ****, meets *** ***** ** cameras, *** *** **** of ************.

  • "***** - *** ***** more *** ** ****** capacity??"
  • "** *** ******* ************* (thinner *** ****** ** fit ** ******* ******** pipes)"
  • "** **** ******"
  • "** ******. - **** effective *** ** *** it ******** ** ****** interference"
  • "** ****** *** *** 5e *** *******. ** is ****** ** **** with, *******, *** ***** is ** **** ** go ** *** *."
  • "*****. ** ** *** have *** ******** ***** we **** ****** ***** capabilities. ** ****** *******, all ******* *** **** run ** * ******, and ******** ******** *** connected *** *****."
  • "**...******* ***'* **** **** than **** ***"
  • "**, **** **** *********"
  • "*****. *** *** **** and **** ** ****** when ******* ***** ** walls."

Cat ** *** ********* **** ******** **************

******* *********** ****** **** use *** ** ******* it ** ********* ** the ******** *** *** future ******** ********.

  • "*****. **** ** *** contracts ******* *****- ** we ******* **** ** default **********. *** ***** to **** ** *****."
  • "**. ** **** *** the ******** ***, **** SFTP ******** *** **** resilience **** ********* **** other ******."
  • "**** ************** ***** ****** CAT6A"
  • "**. ** **** *** the ******** ***"
  • "**, ** **** ** 7 - ** ******* is *** **** ********* to ***** ****. ***** about *** ******, ** makes ** ***** ** use ***** ****."
  • "*** **. **** ** cable ***'* *** ******* cost"
  • "***** *** *** ******* as **** **** ** install ***** **** *** longest ******** ****."

*** ** *** ******* / ****** ***** ***** for ***** *******

******* *********** ****** **** they *** *** ** for ******* *** * higher ******** ***** *** connecting ***** ******* ** the ************ *******; *.*. servers, ********, ***.

  • "***** **** ***** ** it ** ***** ********* for *** ** ****** and ** ****** **** to *** ****** *********. We *** ***** **** Cat6 *** **** **** requested ** *** ********** cable *** ******** (***** than *******)."
  • "*** * *** ********* Cat ** *** ** cameras"
  • "** ** ** ********* on ****** ** **** are ******** *** ************ systems. ****** *** ****** fibre."
  • "** ** *** ******* and * ******* ******** and *******. ** ******** used ******* *** ***** to *** *** *** bandwidth *********** ** **. Between ********, ******* *** to *** ******** ** want * ******* ** provides **** *********."
  • "** ******* ****** ** for ****** *******. **'* less *********, ****** ** terminate *** ***** ** be *** **** *** for ****** ****. **'** use * *** **** connections ******* ******* *** other **** *****, *** I *****'* **** *** need ** **** *** 6 ** ******"
  • "***** *** ******* ******* of **** *** ***'* need **** ******** *** less **** ** **/***. CAT6 *** *** ***** data ************** *** **************"
  • "*****. ** ** *** have *** ******** ***** we **** ****** ***** capabilities. ** ****** *******, all ******* *** **** run ** * ******, and ******** ******** *** connected *** *****."

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