5 Reasons Cat6 Plenum is Better than Cat6 Riser Cable

Bulk Cat6 plenum and Bulk Cat6 riser are two of the most commonly used ethernet cables in networking. For a home or a business network, most people choose one out of these two. But Cat6 Plenum Cable, by and large, is the better option for all sorts of local area networks. It is safer, more reliable, and long-lasting. But that does not mean the riser cable is any less good. In fact, in almost all aspects, it is just as good as the plenum cable.

Despite that, the plenum cable is more popular and is seen in almost all corporate LAN network infrastructures. Why is that, you wonder?

Here are the five reasons why?

Cat6 Plenum Vs Cat6 Riser

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of the cables, it is pertinent to explain a few technical conditions. For instance, the design of both cables is rather different. The plenum cable is designed for indoor open spaces such as dropped ceilings, floors, and HVAC (heating, ventilation, systems). And the riser cable is designed for indoor vertically rising spaces such as elevator shafts, between floors, etc.

So by design, both cables are different, but the reason why the plenum is better than the riser is that it can be installed in almost all conditions and in all spaces. As opposed to its counterpart, which can be installed only in vertically rising spaces and outdoors.

 

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Now, let’s get into it.

1. Safe

The cat6 Plenum cable is manufactured with due consideration to the highest fire safety standards. It is made out of materials that do not emit toxic smoke upon burning and prevent flame propagation along the cable. It is also important to mention that the cable jacket - plenum is least likely to catch flame in a fire hazard.

The Riser Cable on the other hand is also highly resistant to fire but it can emit minute amounts of toxic smoke - which is why it is highly not recommended for use in indoor open spaces.

2. Easy to Install

We have to admit that both the riser and the cat6 plenum are easy to install but the plenum cable, due to its heavy-duty jacket, is much easier to install. When running it in indoor tricky spaces, you do not have to worry about kinks and other damages as it is designed to sustain those obstructions and rough construction site environments effortlessly.

It is also a flexible material - requires much less effort and strength in handling and running. In server rooms, you need to organize and manage the cables flawlessly to ensure high performance of the network and this cable will make the job easier as it is easily bendable.

If you need to store it for some time, you can do that as well. It comes in easy-to-install and sturdy packaging and you can store it for as quite a long period without worrying about ruining it.

3. Better Performance

The Bulk Cat6 1000ft plenum cable has overall better performance as compared to the riser. Although the only difference between both of the cables is the jacket, there are other differences in performance that arise because of this main difference (jacket).

It is manufactured with due consideration for the fact that it can be installed anywhere. So this ensures that a plenum is equipped with all the characteristics to perform at optimum capacity in any environment.

4. Long Lasting

It is used in almost all business and residential LAN networks because the Bulk Cat6 plenum is an everlasting Ethernet cable. If you are setting up a large LAN network, you ought to run the best cable because it is not feasible to change the entire setup every year or so. And using this one means that you will be saving big on maintenance costs as well as replacement costs.

Install the best cable at once and do not worry about its performance or anything else for many years to come.

5. Reliable

Cat6 plenum is more reliable than its counterpart because it works better and requires less maintenance. The performance of an ethernet cable can suffer due to extreme environmental conditions but because of the CMP-rated jacket on this cable, it does not suffer lags in its performance.

And considering that, uninterrupted, high-speed signal transmission while requiring minimum maintenance is guaranteed with this cable.

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