Is the Cat 7 cable compatible with Cat 6 ?

  • Is the Cat 7 cable compatible with Cat 6 ?

  • Category 7 cables, commonly known as Cat 7, is a cable standard for Ethernet and other interconnect technologies and are still backward compatible with previous categories of networking (Cat 5, Cat 5e, Cat 6).

    Cat-7 cabling supports frequencies of up to 600 Mhz and speeds of up to 10,000 Mbit/s. This is a big improvement on previous network cabling speeds (CAT 3: 10 Mhz, CAT 5: 100Mhz, CAT 6: 250 Mhz). Cat 7a cables can perform up to frequencies of 1000 Mhz and 40 Gbit/s.
    CAT7 cables feature even more strict specifications for crosstalk and system noise then CAT 6. This is achieved through shielding on the individual wire pairs and the cable as a whole. Category 7 is recognized for all the country organizations members of ISO.
    For more specific information on the Cat7 Cable go to Wikipedia.

    CAT7 Cables Summary
    CAT7 Cables can either be crossover or straight through cables
    CAT7 cables are fairly new and becoming more popular
    CAT7 Network Cables support frequencies of up to 600Mhz and speeds of up to 10Gbit/s

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