When we talk about structured cabling it is important to know the difference between categories, so far, the main difference between category 5 and category 6 was the transmission speed since category 5 reached up to 100Mbps and category 6 up to 1000Mbps. Now with the arrival of category 5e is a little more complex to explain what the difference is but there is and it is very important to have knowledge of it. In the doubt of which is better, the answer remains category 6 and we go on to explain why.
The main difference between category 5e and category 6 is in the performance of the transmission and the expansion of bandwidth. While the category 5e works at 100 MHz category 6 works at 200MHz. This improvement translates into a higher signal-to-noise ratio, allowing greater reliability of data transmission that improves the use of the applications that we currently use.
Given the usual question of What do we recommend to install?
The answer will always be the same, the one which best suits the needs of the customer, as always, bearing in mind that data transmission rates have doubled in the last 18 months we can see that each time the data transmission will be greater . It is always good to give a good solution for both the present and the future of the installation. Not leaving it obsolete in the short term.
What happens if we mix or combine the components of two different categories into a structured cabling installation?
What will happen is that the limit will always be on the lowest component of the network. Although the elements are compatible and we will have no problem inserting a category 5 connector into a category 6 cable or vice versa, it is advisable not to do so, since the expense that will be the category 6 cable will not be rewarded by The good performance since the connector will make us bottleneck and only enjoy a category 5 cable.