Cat 7 Ethernet Cable
Author: Petar Petrov
In this article, we will introduce you to the Cat7 Ethernet cable. Let’s start with the basics. Cat-7 is a twisted pair cable, shielded, and falls into the category of copper cables. It’s used mainly for the transfer of data at a high speed. The cable is used to create ethernet connections. We see them mainly in business and at home. Although the specifications they offer are great, a normal person who does use their internet for everyday stuff will not see the difference between Category 7 and Cat6 cable. It is more visible to people who need such high specifications, or as we said, for businesses.
When it comes to specifications, Cat7 has one of the best in the current market. Cat8 cable is the only one that has surpassed it, which we do not recommend unless you have a large-scale business at home that requires such speed and frequency to transfer high-end data all over the world. Either that or you are working for the Santa Claus agency. Now now, let’s be serious and not keep you waiting. Here is a list of Cat-7 cable specifications.
In our opinion, Category 7 cable can reach speeds of up to 10 gigabytes per second (Gbps), which in our opinion is perfect for ethernet choice. An interesting feature is that it is built especially with a noise-blocking system. The frequency, or MHz speed, can reach up to 600. We have to note that this is the maximum speed they can reach. The cable itself has an expected minimal lifespan guarantee. Another specification is that there is some sort of optimal range where it can reliably deliver the high-end data up to this maximal speed per second. It may seem short, but this is the cable’s most important specification. We can point out again that it’s a copper cable. It is effective for those who own a business, also its main purpose. If you want to use it for your home, though, it is not entirely impossible. Especially if you have a smart home full of gadgets that will need it!
Differences between the different types
When it comes to pointing differences out, well, that’s easy. Cat 7 is one of the latest up to the moment, being older than Cat 8 at the moment. Other options on the market are Category 3, 5e, 6, 6a, and 8, which we have already mentioned. Of course, this technology is always improving, so we won’t be surprised to see a cat 9 in the future.
Now let’s pay attention to the most important features of the cables. MHz and gigabytes per second starting from Category 3, with its 10mbps and only 16mhz, this is by far the last cable you’ll need for high-end data transport. You can only use it effectively for voice data transfer as it cant be used for anything above that. Cat 5e: This is far superior to Cat 3. The maximum speed it can reach is 1000 Mbps (or 1 Gbps) with a maximum of 100 MHz. This cable is appropriate to use for ethernet but mainly for homes and small businesses as it will not be enough for busy and high-end data transfers. Next on the list is Cat-6. Similar to the previous, this one is also appropriate for great ethernet connections and is a good choice for homes unless you require a speed over 1 Gbps. Unlike the previous Cat 6, which has a speed of 250 MHz, For Category 6a, we can say that it has the same purposes as Cat 7 as well as the same parameters, only losing to it in MHz speed. Where cat 6a has 500MHz, and cat 7 has a maximum of 600MHz. Now comes the turn of the latest model, or Cat-8 ethernet cable. This one is not good for your home. It is best for big businesses, which need great data transfer speed. The maximum speed it can reach is up to 40Gbps and 2000MHz.
In conclusion, we can say that Cat7 cable is by far your best option when it comes to fast data transmission. It can cover your needs, but unless you need that speed, we do not recommend it. If, on the other hand, you have reasons such as a smart home or you need it for your business, then it is alright to get it, and we recommend it. At this moment, we do not believe many will need the most advanced Cat8 cable because Cat7 can cover all your needs. In the end, if you have decided to get anything else, we are sure that you have your reasons. We hope our article was of help, and we wish you luck in choosing the right Ethernet Cable for you.