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

By John Scanlan, Published Sep 02, 2020, 08:04am EDT (Info+)

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 ***** ******** ***

** **** ******** * ***** ** the ***** ****** *** ***** ************ with **% ******* **** **** **** it, ****** *** **% ******* **** Cat **. ***** *** ** **** in *****, ** *** *** **** growth.

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

******** ** **** *****, ***** ** down ************* (**** **% ** **%) while ***** ** ** ******* (**** 10% ** **%), ** ***** *****:

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

*** * *** ** **** ****** favorability **** *** **** * ***** for ******* *******:

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***** *********** *** ************* ** *** 5e, ******* ** ** **** *** prime *** *** * ** ***** enough ** ***** ** **** *** switch.

****** *** ** *** ** ****, there *** ***** **** ******* **** Cat ** *** *** ********* *******:

  • ***** ******** **** ***** ** ************ equipment
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Cat * *** ********** ** *** ******** ********

*********** *** ******** * ***** *** most *** ** *** ***** ***** similar ** *** ** *** ** is ******** ********* ** *********.

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  • "** *** *** **** ******* ***. Due ** ***** *** **** ** our ******** *** **** **** ****. With *** ********* ** *** **** fiber *** ****** *********."
  • "** **’* ********"
  • "*** * */*** , **'* *** medium ********. ** *** ******** ****** for ******* ************"
  • "******** *. *** * *********** ******** were ** ********."
  • "****, ***** ** ****** ********* ** the ****** . ****** * ***** is ******** ********* ** *** *** user ** *** **********"
  • "* ********* ******* ***** *** ****** power ********."

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

** *** *** *** *** *** 5e ** ****** ******, *** **** integrators ******* ***** ********* ***** ******** Cat *'* ******* ***** *** *** 5e ***** ********* ** ********.

  • "***** *** **** **** (** *** 6), ****** ***** *** *** * / ** ** ** ****** *********"
  • "** ** ********."
  • "**** *** **** (** *** *), it *****'* **** ***** ** ******* CAT5 *** ******"
  • "*** ******* *** ******* ** **** 5e **** ***'* ****; ** **** a ***** **** ******* ******** ** we *** ** ******* **** ****** pricing ******."
  • "****/** ***'* ******* ******"
  • "****. **'* **** "******", ***** ********** from ***** ** *** **** ****, and **** ********* *** *** **."

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

**** *********** *** ***** ***** *** 5e *** ** *** *** ****, meets *** ***** ** *******, *** the **** ** ************.

  • "***** - *** ***** **** *** un ****** ********??"
  • "** *** ******* ************* (******* *** easier ** *** ** ******* ******** pipes)"
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  • "** ******. - **** ********* *** we *** ** ******** ** ****** interference"
  • "** ****** *** *** ** *** cameras. ** ** ****** ** **** with, *******, *** ***** ** ** need ** ** ** *** *."
  • "*****. ** ** *** **** *** installs ***** ** **** ****** ***** capabilities. ** ****** *******, *** ******* are **** *** ** * ******, and ******** ******** *** ********* *** fiber."
  • "**...******* ***'* **** **** **** **** yet"
  • "**, **** **** *********"
  • "*****. *** *** **** *** **** of ****** **** ******* ***** ** walls."

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

******* *********** ****** **** *** *** 6a ******* ** ** ********* ** the ******** *** *** ****** ******** installs.

  • "*****. **** ** *** ********* ******* Cat6a- ** ** ******* **** ** default **********. *** ***** ** **** in *****."
  • "**. ** **** *** *** ******** now, **** **** ******** *** **** resilience **** ********* **** ***** ******."
  • "**** ************** ***** ****** *****"
  • "**. ** **** *** *** ******** now"
  • "**, ** **** ** * - as ******* ** *** **** ********* to ***** ****. ***** ***** *** future, ** ***** ** ***** ** use ***** ****."
  • "*** **. **** ** ***** ***'* the ******* ****"
  • "***** *** *** ******* ** **** want ** ******* ***** **** *** longest ******** ****."

*** ** *** ******* / ****** Rated ***** *** ***** *******

******* *********** ****** **** **** *** Cat ** *** ******* *** * higher ******** ***** *** ********** ***** devices ** *** ************ *******; *.*. servers, ********, ***.

  • "***** **** ***** ** ** ** ample ********* *** *** ** ****** and ** ****** **** ** *** enough *********. ** *** ***** **** Cat6 *** **** **** ********* ** run ********** ***** *** ******** (***** than *******)."
  • "*** * *** ********* *** ** for ** *******"
  • "** ** ** ********* ** ****** as **** *** ******** *** ************ systems. ****** *** ****** *****."
  • "** ** *** ******* *** * between ******** *** *******. ** ******** used ******* *** ***** ** *** out *** ********* *********** ** **. Between ********, ******* *** ** *** internet ** **** * ******* ** provides **** *********."
  • "** ******* ****** ** *** ****** systems. **'* **** *********, ****** ** terminate *** ***** ** ** *** best *** *** ****** ****. **'** use * *** **** *********** ******* closets *** ***** **** *****, *** I *****'* **** *** **** ** pull *** * ** ******"
  • "***** *** ******* ******* ** **** and ***'* **** **** ******** *** less **** ** **/***. **** *** any ***** **** ************** *** **************"
  • "*****. ** ** *** **** *** installs ***** ** **** ****** ***** capabilities. ** ****** *******, *** ******* are **** *** ** * ******, and ******** ******** *** ********* *** fiber."

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