The Advantages of Cat5 Cable

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The Advantages of Cat5 Cable
Cat5 cables are popular networking cables. (ethernet image by Victor B from Fotolia.com)

Cat5 cable is a form of UTP cable which stands for unshielded twisted pair cabling. This kind of cable is seen in several different technology fields including computers, telephones and television. There are many advantages to using cat5 cables over other forms of signal transmission cables. Any industry that requires the use of cabling should consider using cat5 cables to get the job done.

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Cost Savings

Cat5 cable has the advantage of being one of the lowest cost cables used for commercial cameras and networking. The cost difference between cat5 cable and other types of cable equals around 40 per cent. Another reason why cat5 cable is so cost effective is because it can transmit up to four signals at once. This means that less cable has to be used to transmit signals between cameras or computers that are close together.

Transmissions

Some kinds of signal cables can only transmit one signal at a time. With cat5 cable, up to four different signals can be transmitted at once. This means that data can download faster, networks will run faster and multiple signals can be sent through at the same time to different locations. Since there are few other signal cables capable of this amount of signal transfer, the multiple transmission ability is a clear advantage of cat5 cables.

Installation

Cat5 cables are some of the easiest forms of cable to install. They come with a connector that looks similar to a phone jack. The cables are completely contained in the cord and are sold in many different sizes. In general it is not necessary to cut the cables which makes installation even easier. However, the cables can be cut and spliced to work for several different connections right next to each other such as for use in camera work.

Versatility

Cat5 cables can be used for a variety of different technologies and equipment. They are commonly seen in the television and broadcasting world for transmitting video and audio signals. They are also used in the computer networking world for the transfer of network and Internet signals. Prior to the popularity of wireless networks, almost all network connections were set up through cat5 cables. Because cat5 cables can also be used in telephone connections and signals, they have replaced some of the earlier forms of UTP cables that were originally used for transmitting phone signals.

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