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Cat 5e

Category 5e cabling is the most common form of network cabling in offices and business premises today in the SME (Small Business) space. Note though that most corporates are installing Category 6 or 6a cabling – this is preferable if the building lends itself to this type of installation and if it fits your budget.

Also known as 'Cat5e' or more commonly 'Cat5' it is a structured cabling system that allows you to connect all your IT, network and voice devices into common cabling.

See our general office cabling page for an overview.

Category 5e is a reasonable standard for most organisations as it will work up to Gb speeds (1000Mhz or 1000Mbps). Most modern network switches and PC network cards work to Gb so it makes sense to at least have properly installed Cat5e cabling installed.

The previous older standard is Cat5 which is a lower grade installation and will only work to 100Mhz or 100Mbps.

Cat5e is the most common standard as it can be installed in most premises as the cable is easy to install and can be installed in wall-mounted trunking with 90 degrees corners and bends. This is in contrast to Cat6 and Cat6a which cannot be bent due to it's x-shaped plastic containment sealed within the cable sheath.

Please see our dedicated page on Cat6, Fibre and Best Practices.

Please call us for advice on 01892 676000 and ask for Paul, Michael or Nick.

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