Cat5e Cables – Straight-Through, Crossover, UTP & STP Patch Leads

Category 5 cable, commonly known as Cat-5E, is an unshielded twisted pair type cable designed for high signal integrity. The actual standard defines specific electrical properties of the wire, but it is most commonly known as being rated for its Ethernet capability of 100 Mbit/s.

It is often used in structured cabling for computer networks such as Fast Ethernet, although it is often used to carry many other signals such as basic voice services, token ring and ATM.

Cat5e cable is an enhanced version of Cat 5 for use with 1000Base T (gigabit) networks, or for long-distance 100 Base-T links (350 m, compared with 100 m for Cat 5). It must meet the EIA/TIA 568A-5 specification. Virtually all cables sold as Cat 5 are actually Cat 5e. The markings on the cable itself reveal the exact type.