|Potential Bandwidth (per sec)||1Gb||1Gb|
|Time to transfer 1 Terabyte||3 hours||3 hours|
|Data Transmission||1000 BASE-TX||Exceeds 1000 BASE-TX|
|Connector Type||RJ45 8P8C (for CAT6)||RJ45 (for CAT6)|
|Frequency Range Minimum||0 - 250 MHz||0 - 250 MHz|
|Frequency Maximum||500 MHz||600 MHz|
|Performance Distance||328 Feet||328 Feet|
|Alt. Distance||10Gb 180ft||10Gb 180ft|
The mainstream adoption of Gigabit Ethernet (1000BASE-T) required new industry-standard cables capable of transmitting at a higher frequency of 250 MHz. Category 6 cable uses thicker-gauge wire, increased shielding, and more pair twists per inch to reduce signal noise and interference. The tighter specifications guarantee that 100-meter runs of Category 6 are capable of 1000 Mbit/s transfer speeds. 10-Gigabit Ethernet speeds are achievable when reducing cable lengths to less than 50 meters.
CAT6e is an augmented specification designed to double transmission frequency to 600 MHz. There is no standard for CAT6e that is recognized by TIA like there is for the CAT5e. The 600Mhz rated CAT6e is ICC’s premium offering of CAT6 like most of the bulk cable manufacturers. In addition, CAT6e cable with grounded foil shielding can reach full 10-Gigabit Ethernet speeds without sacrificing the maximum cable length of 100 meters.
Learn more about ICC bulk cable at icc.com/bulk-cable.