When setting up a reliable and efficient network infrastructure, selecting the right cabling is crucial. Category 6a (Cat6a) cables have gained significant popularity due to their enhanced performance and bandwidth capabilities.

However, with numerous options available in the market, it can be overwhelming to choose the ideal Cat6a cable for your installation needs.

At Elam, we have the expertise to assist our clients with choosing the  best Category 6a Cable for your installation and this includes:

  1. Bandwidth and Performance

One of the primary reasons for choosing Cat6a cable is its high-speed data transmission capability. Cat6a offers impressive bandwidth capacity of up to 500 MHz, making it suitable for demanding applications such as data centres, server rooms, and multimedia streaming. Ensure that the cable you choose meets or exceeds the required standards for bandwidth and performance.

  1. Cable Construction and Quality

The construction and quality of a Cat6a cable plays a vital role in its overall performance and durability. Look for cables that feature solid copper conductors instead of copper-clad aluminium (CCA) or copper-clad steel (CCS), as solid copper offers superior conductivity and reduces signal loss. Additionally, consider cables with robust insulation and shielding to minimise crosstalk and electromagnetic interference (EMI). Finally, is the cable able to last, and not degrade over time?

  1. Shielding Options

Cat6a cables are available in two primary shielding options: shielded twisted pair (STP) and unshielded twisted pair (UTP). STP cables feature an overall foil shield along with individual shielding around each pair of conductors, providing excellent protection against EMI. On the other hand, UTP cables lack the overall foil shield but still deliver reliable performance in less demanding environments. Choose the appropriate shielding option based on your installation requirements and potential interference sources.

  1. Cable Length

Consider the required cable length for your installation. Cat6a cabling can only work up to 100 metres in length. Longer cable runs may require additional considerations such as another Data cabinet and active equipment.

  1. Certification and Standards Compliance

In Australia, it is crucial to select Cat6a cables that adhere to industry standards to ensure optimal compatibility and performance. When choosing cables, look for those independently tested and certified by organisations such as the Communications Alliance and ISO. These certifications confirm that the cables meet the necessary performance and safety requirements mandated by Australian regulations. By prioritising certified cables, you can trust the reliability and quality of your Cat6a installation.

How Elam Can Help

Choosing the right Cat6a cable can be a daunting task, but Elam can simplify the process and ensure you make an informed decision.

Elam is a leading provider of networking solutions with a wide range of Cat6a cables to suit various installation needs. Here’s how Elam can assist you:

  1. Expert Guidance: Elam’s knowledgeable team can provide expert guidance and technical support to help you understand the specific requirements of your installation and recommend the most suitable Cat 6a installation.
  2. Extensive Product Range: Elam offers a diverse selection of Cat6a cables, including colour, shielding options, and construction quality. This allows you to choose the cable that perfectly matches your installation requirements.
  3. Quality Assurance: Elam is committed to high-quality products. Our manufacturing partners such as Molex, Commscope and Panduit put their Cat6a cables through rigorous testing to ensure compliance with industry standards, providing you with peace of mind regarding their performance and durability.
  4. Custom Solutions: Elam understands that every installation is unique. They offer custom solutions tailored to your specific needs, including custom cable patchlead lengths, labelling, and the all-important Elam warranty of up to 20 years.
  5. Timely Delivery: Elam prides itself on efficient and reliable delivery. They strive to provide prompt customer service to ensure you receive the installation of your cat6a cabling when you need it.

Choosing the right Cat6a cable installation is essential for a reliable and high-performance network infrastructure. With Elam’s expertise and comprehensive product range, you can confidently select the ideal Cat6a cable for your installation needs.

Trust Elam to provide you with quality solutions and exceptional support throughout your networking journey. Contact us today!