Important things you need to know about Cat5e Plenum Cable

Cat5e Plenum Cable is one of the most commonly used ethernet cables. The cable comes at an economical cost and with commendable characteristics. Let’s dive a bit deeper to explore its various properties. 

Cat5e Plenum Cable - Deciphering the Title

The Cat5e plenum 1000ft is a fifth-generation enhanced ethernet cable. The “e” in the title (Cat5e) points towards the same “enhanced” factor. 

Cat5e Plenum Cable - CMP-rated Jacket

The Bulk Cat5e Plenum comes with a CMP-rated (Communications Multipurpose Cable Plenum) jacket; the CMP rating for ethernet jacket has been classified as the highest jacket by TIA/EIA. Ethernet cables with CMP-rated plenum jackets are fire-retardant. It means they halt fire progression, emit no toxicity (such as smoke or perilous gases), and are UV-resistant. 

As the name suggests, the Cat5e Plenum Cable is run in the high-risk plenum or horizontal areas of the buildings. Plenum spaces -- in buildings -- facilitate the return airflows for cooling and heating systems. Plenum jackets have another remarkable feature. These CMP-rated jackets prevent crosstalk and cancel EMI, thus keeping signal quality intact to ensure supreme and seamless connectivity. 

Cat5e Plenum Cable - Conductors

The Bulk Cat5e Plenum cable has eight conductors. These 8 conductors are tightly bundled in 4 twisted pairs. The Cat5e Plenum bare copper comes with pure copper conductors whereas Cat5e CCA Plenum comes in CCA conductors. 

Speaking in terms of performance, bare copper conductors are the most superior conductors available in the market. These conductors have less attenuation and DC resistance. It means you enjoy optimum connectivity as your signal strength is not lost and more energy is transferred into packets (signals) whereas less energy is wasted. 

The conductors of Bulk Cat5e Plenum runs 24 AWG. 

Cat5e Plenum Cable - Data Transfer Rates

Cat5e Plenum Cable renders maximum data transfer rates of 1 Gbps and minimum data transfer rates of 100 Mbps. The maximum data transfer rate is retained up to a length of 50 meters or 164 feet whereas minimum data transfer is retained up to a distance of 100 meters or 328 feet. 

The cable comes with a bandwidth capacity of 350 MHz. 

With this data transfer rate and bandwidth capacity, the cable supports the following applications: ANSI X3T9.5 TP-PMD (FDDI), ATM PMD 155 Mbps IEEE 802.3 Fast Ethernet:10 Base-T, 100 Base-T4, 100 Base-X IEEE 802.5:4/16 Mbps Token Ring, IEEE 802.12:100 Base-VG. 

The cable is suitable for residential as well as commercial purposes like small businesses. 

Cat5e Plenum Cable: Shielded vs Unshielded

Two elements that mess with your signals most are crosstalk and EMI. To address this issue, some Cat5e Plenum 1000ft cables come with an extra layer of protection in form of a foil sheet wrapped around all four twisted pairs. Such cables are called shielded twisted-pair cables (STP cables) and they are meant for installation in harsh environments or spaces. These are spaces where crosstalk and EMI are present excessively. 

Then, there are Cat5e Plenum 1000ft out there that do not come with an extra layer of protection. Such cables are identified as unshielded twisted-pair cables (UTP cables). These cables are meant for installation in normal environments. STP cables are much more expensive than UTP cables. 

The Cat5e Plenum Cable meets the following requirements: FCC, CE, CSA, ISO/IES, and RoHS. 

Here at Smartech Cables, we manufacture Cat5e Plenum Cable that exceeds all the aforesaid standards. Out Cat5e Plenum 1000ft cable comes with free shipping on orders above $99 and a 10-year warranty (T&C) applied. For complete peace of mind, get in touch with us NOW!