Structured Cabling Discussion: Working With CAT5e, CAT6, CAT6A & Shielded Patch Panels

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Structured Cabling Discussion: Working With CAT5e, CAT6, CAT6A & Shielded Patch Panels In Detroit Michigan

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Pample Moose says:

Question……Are the end connectors the same on all these cables. In other words, if I ran a Cat.6A cable directly to my ethernet port on my computer would it plug into the port on the back of my computer just like my Cat.5e connector does now?

tolik mu says:

I intend to pull home the customers of the cat6a.
but which cable is best used for video surveillance on the street and in the house (poe), for access points of street and home(poe)?

iwanbo says:

I never comment on YouTube videos, but had to on this to tell my tale.
My employer just went through a large infrastructure upgrade to replace all our Cat5 runs with Cat6, and we also replaced of all network and server hardware. They brought a contractor in to assist with the planning for the project and they insisted on Cat6A. I argued with them that it was too expensive and not worth it for what we’re doing as a business, but the contractor got their wish and spent double, if not triple on the 6A when vendors bid the rewiring job because contractors know everything. 🙂
Ended up being 100 dual drops (one voice, one data), and the vendor was here for three to four months. It was their first experience with 6A and they went through a few patch panels before finally getting the shielded panels like shown in the video. The traditional panels you feed the cables in through the side with just kept popping loose. The vendor was so annoyed and angry with the 6A because it’s so rigid and hard to work with, and it made them do more work because the power poles we had at workstation locations needed to be replaced to accommodate the large cable, the hanging in the ceiling was difficulty do to the weight of the cable, and the various panels they went through. It was a nightmare and completely not worth it.

notta3d says:

If you want to future proof cat 6 should still be fine for 10g in normal size homes? No way I’m running cables longer than 121 ft in my house.

rogejedib333 says:

How does shielded Cat 6A compare to Fiber? The cable is thinner and easier to pull (harder to terminate). Interested in your input. Thanks.

SCWfan06 says:

In Germany we basically just use CAT 7 or even 7A for new installs.

HuMaNiTaRiAn1 says:

Seriously, how long does it take to clean those bodies out the van. We need a van tour.

Stephen Hunter says:

There isn’t much point in going 10Gbps for internet stuff when your ISP is providing 100Mbps

supa dupa says:

So cat6 is the way to go at the moment? Was about to purchase cat6a, but rather not cause i need to wire it through tight spaces. Some installation company offered me a wiring-job with around 300m cat7 for over 500€ ..mkay, no thanks! Thats seriously overpriced i rather DIY with help of a friend.

Alex Pinales says:

What Cat6 modular plugs do you guys use to terminate Cat6 cables?

G H says:

This may be a dumb question but if they want 10G speeds, why not just use fibre?

Ferdie van Schalkwyk says:

Thanks for the tip on the Modular stuff, wish I had known to look for it sooner.

Jim Reitz says:

Would have liked to see a closeup comparison of the different types.

steven Gao says:

Sorry allow me ask a noob question: why we even need ethernet patch panel, why not just directly plug it in to switch or router, thanks

Lord Garth says:

The new(er) 2.5Gigabit and 5gigabit is supported to 100meters on both 5e and 6 so there’s that.

P V says:

Make your life/work easier by buying pre-made cables and using keystone pass through patch panels.

Either coil the extra length neatly, or simply cut one end and install RJ45 (still easier than behind a patch panel) and you already saved half the work.

Work smarter, not harder!

Jurica Vidaković says:

Thank you, that helped a lot!

MirkWoot says:

Story and question:
I wired my brothers house with CAT6a, shielded and with the seperator plastic inner.. what a newbie mistake, haha. entirely overkill for a short run without the demand for great speeds, and what a pain to install, didn’t even have the correct RJ45 wall panels or anything, least they were flimsy cheap ones.
Not even grounded the shielding.. could this be a big issue?, in CCNA we learn there can be eletrical shock hazard, and also read elsewhere i think, that without grounding it can actually degrade the signal in the wires, rather than protecting?.

PS. Happy there were close up’s, were afraid there be none. But it all seemed a bit rushed, as you also said, busy time.

Southeastern777 says:

I needed this video. Thanks!

Alden Hoot says:

Thanks for another helpful vid! Would love to see a conversation about what sort of environmental factors would cause you to select shielded vs unshielded Ethernet cables for an install? What kinds of interference sources do you look for? Does any length of run that is parallel with a 120vac line constitute a problem? When does shielding become a hazard in terms of failed to grounds causing them to become antennas?

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Fred Theilig says:

I find that Cat 6 unshielded is much cheaper than Cat 5e.

Web Luke says:

LoL all these people in the comments talking about over kill ideas. In truth most users / applications 100Mbps is actually over kill even. Gigabit is good to have, as every standard computer comes with it, network equipment is cheep at that speed, and Cat-5e / Cat-6 is cheep and common. 10Gbps is nice between switches and servers (Back hall). But if your doing long runs or even short runs, put in fiber chase, pre-turminated fiber from your central switching and outer switching locations. And for that guy running POE long distances, its not the cable its the distance, of course the thicker cable with shielding dose better.

Andreas Schiestl says:

The maximum length for gigabit ethernet is 100m not 300m. I think you mean 300ft.

NURV Pensamos En TI says:

How much does it cost by node with CAT6 shield and CAT6A for let´s say 30mts distance?

Jeremy Staker says:

Another great video. Can’t wait for the follow up video. Great job guys.

Alex Pinales says:

We just bought a house and I was going to run Cat6a. Guess I’ll just stick to Cat 6 instead! LOL

James Briggs says:

Great information!

Not Public says:

Hey guys thanks for the video! Love your content. I tried for a whole week making my own cat6 I did finally discover that the pass through termination worked best for me. However, the tool was $50 (when I already bought one standard crimper I couldn’t return) so I decided to go with monoprice and color code all VLANs, trunks, etc. I also have arthritis in my hands so… I think I failed my self taught layer 1 stuff. 🙂 I have several hundred feet of.. Cable management.. I will work on that, thanks again!

Kord Martin says:

I had spec’d CAT6A throughout my parents’ new house, because we were planning to do a lot of 4K HDMI distribution with the structured cabling. I couldn’t be around for the install so I left it to the contractor to use their judgement based on the requirements. The contractor ended up pulling “CAT6E”, which looks like it’s the same gauge and TPI, but with a thinner jacket and without the plastic separator. It’s not that big of a deal because I think the longest cable run is 35m, but they didn’t install any conduit and all the exterior walls have spray foam insulation so I can’t pull any more cables or replace any lines without a lot of construction.

CAT6E was a lot easier to deal with though, since I did all of the terminations. I ran CAT6A myself for the basement area and after doing that, I would really reconsider it for a new install.

Good call on the modular patch panel. I’m using non-modular patch panels and I had some issues with the connections due to the strain.

Ayoola Boyejo says:

Happy to see another video from you, if possible can you advise which kind of switches you plan to use for the 10gb connections.

Turk Blackwell says:

we still do a lot of CAT5e for most cable projects.

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