There are different categories in cabling and they are depicted by their bandwidth and there are two key varieties, UTP (unshielded twisted pair) or STP (Shielded twisted pair).
Most Cat5 or category 5 network cables are unshielded twisted pair cables used for structured cabling for computer networks such as Ethernet and for carrying signals suchas teephony and video. This cable carries up to 100 Mbps (12 MB / s i.e 1 hour to download 10 DVDs (4.5 GB)). Cat5 cable uses two cable pairs to signal over copper wire. Cat5 cable overtook Cat3 as the Ethernet cable of choice for local area network (LAN) networking.
Today Cat5 cables are now not widely used for Ethernet connections and have been replaced by Cat5e. Cat5e uses four pairs of copper wire and the wire pairs are twisted more tightly and sheathed to eliminate crosstalk and can handle up to 1Gbps of throughput at a distance of up to 100 meters.
Electrical Connection can help make a recommendation of cabling depending on the network size and needs of your home or organization. Contact a contractor today to schedule an appointment to review your network needs.