Category 6 Cable (Cat 6 Cable)
Definition - What does Category 6 Cable (Cat 6 Cable) mean?
A Category 6 cable (Cat 6 cable) is a type of twisted pair cable standard used specifically in gigabit (Gb) Ethernet-based computer networks. In 2002, it was jointly defined and specified by the Electronics Industries Association and Telecommunication Industries Association (EIA/TIA).
The Cat 6 cable is fully backward compatible with previous versions, such as the Category 5/5e and Category 3 cabling standards.
Techopedia explains Category 6 Cable (Cat 6 Cable)
- Consists of four pairs of copper wires, which are all utilized for data transfer
- Provides bandwidth of 250 MHz, speed up to 10 Gbps and may be stretched to 100 meters in length
- Provides more enhanced crosstalk and attenuation protection than its previous twisted pair cable versions.