The Stray CAT: Category 7

Now that Ethernet 10GBASE-T (IEEE 802.3an) is ratified and published, specifiers and end users are looking at the cable options to assure an efficient 10 GbE channel for their networks. The major­ity of U.S. installers tend to narrow the selection to Category 6 UTP, FTP or Augmented Category 6 (otherwise known as CAT 6A). However, there is one approved Category cable that seems to get very little attention in the U.S. that would provide future proofing to beyond 10 Gb/s, namely Category 7. (Originally published in Cabling Business Magazine, November 2006)

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