As discussed in Part 1, when you are installing or upgrading a home network, choosing the right type of Ethernet cable is critical for the success of the project. Part 2 will discuss the top reasons for upgrading your home to Cat6a cabling.
1) Future Proofing
The amount of data your home’s network is processing has probably increased significantly due to video streaming and the rapidly growing number of devices that use the Internet. It would be smart to discuss your technical needs with an expert prior to the installation of new cabling because it will save time, effort, and money in the future.
If you upgrade to Cat6a or better cabling now, you’ll avoid being forced to carry out additional upgrades every time you install equipment featuring new technology with much higher data demands.
2) Increased Capability
Cat6a cables are capable of handling 10 Gigabits per second at 500 MHz up to a distance of 100 meters (328 feet). Cat6a cables can be wound along walls, around corners, and through doorways for long distances without compromising data transmissions. Cat6a also provides enhanced performance for PoE (Power over Ethernet).
Cat6a is equipped with stronger sheathing, eliminating alien crosstalk and improving signal-to-noise ratio. Cat6a is considerably thicker than Cat6 and Cat5e, making it more difficult to install.
3) Reduced Latency
A wired high-speed internet connection over Cat6a is much more reliable and faster than WiFi. Connecting your smart TV, desktop, or laptop directly to the Internet with Cat6a cabling will significantly reduce latency of video streaming, making movie watching and using Skype or Zoom much smoother.
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