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Complete Comparison Table of CAT5, CAT5e, CAT6, CAT6a, CAT7 and CAT8 Copper Cable

The following table helps you to understand more clearly about the categories of Ethernet cable.

Items Category 5 / cat5 Category 5e / cat5e Category 6 / cat6 Category 6a / cat6a Category 7 / cat7 Category 8 / cat8
Applicable for Phone YES YES YES YES NO NO
Applicable for Office Network YES YES YES YES NO NO
Applcable for Home Network YES YES YES YES NO NO
Applicable for Data Center NO NO NO YES YES YES
Networks Supported 100BASE-T 1000BASE-T 1000BASE-TX 10GBASE 10GBASE 25GBASE / 40GBASE
Bandwidth 100 MHZ 100 MHZ 250 MHZ 500 MHZ 600MHZ 2000MHZ
Transmission Speed 10 to 100 Mbps 10 to 100 Mbps 1 Gbps 1 Gbps 10 Gbps  25Gbps / 40Gbps
Shielding unshielded unshielded unshielded or shielded unshielded or shielded Shielded Shilded
Transmission Distance up to 100 meter up to 100 meter 37-55 meters or less up to 100 meters up to 100 meters  —
Impedance 100 ohms = 15% 100 ohms = 15% 100 ohms = 15% —- 100 ohms = 15%  —
NEXT (Min. @ 100 MHZ) 32.3 dB 35.3 dB 44.3 dB 27.9 dB 62.1 dB  —
Attenuation (Min. @100 MHZ) 22 dB 22 dB 19.8 dB —- 20.8 dB  —
EL-FEXT (Min. @ 100 MHZ) NA 23.8 dB 27.8 dB 9.3 dB NA  —
PS-ELFEXT (Min. @ 100 MHZ) NA 20.8 dB 24.8 dB —- NA  —
PS-NEXT (Min. @ 100 MHZ) NA 32.3 dB 42.3 dB —- 59.1 dB  —
PS-ANEXT (Min. @ 500 MHz) —- —- —- 49.5 dB —-
PS-AELFEXT (Min. @ 500 MHz) 16 dB 20.1 dB 20.1 dB 23.0 dB 14.1 dB  —
Return Loss (Min. @ 100 MHz) 16 dB 20.1 dB 20.1 dB 8.0 dB 14.1 dB  —
Delay Skew (Max. per 100m) NA 45 ns 45 ns —- 20 ns 5ns
Cost Less Less Expense compared to previous Expense compared to previous High High
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