What is the difference between CAT6 & CAT6e?

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CAT6 - 500 MHz RatedCAT6e - 600 MHz Rated

Common UsageCAT6CAT6e
Phone Lines
Home Network
Office Network
Data CenterX
Potential Bandwidth (per sec)1Gb1Gb
Time to transfer 1 Terabyte3 hours3 hours
Data Transmission1000 BASE-TXExceeds 1000 BASE-TX
Connector TypeRJ45 8P8C (for CAT6)RJ45 (for CAT6)
Frequency Range Minimum0 - 250 MHz0 - 250 MHz
Frequency Maximum500 MHz600 MHz
Performance Distance328 Feet328 Feet
Alt. Distance10Gb 180ft10Gb 180ft

Category 6
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.

Category 6e
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.

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