Can a Cat6 connector work on a Cat5e cable?

I have been asked many times weather or not mixing Cat5e and Cat6 components will cause issues. If you’re using Cat5e cable and all you have is newer Cat6 connectors, you may be all right. Generally, connectors may be backwards compatible with cable from older standards, but the reverse is not true — if you’re pulling Cat6 cable, time to update your Cat5e and older connector collection! There are some things to consider in proving that you’re using a workable combination of cable and connector, including a simple friction pull-test, cable and connector measurements, conductor fit and contact quality. There’s also the question of whether you’re already playing the odds with your cable quality.

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Where and Why Will I Be Testing Category 8?

With no Category 8 components currently shipping and no 25GBASE-T/40GBASE-T equipment commercially available, it will likely be some time before you actually need to test a Cat 8 cabling system.

But if you’re in the market for a new tester, the good news is that Fluke Networks’ DSX-8000 CableAnalyzer meets all the requirements for testing 25G/40GBASE-T applications over Cat 8 cabling per the ANSI/TIA-1152-A field testing standard that defines the field test methodology and Level 2G accuracy for Cat 8 testers.

You might be asking yourself why you would need this tester now if you’re not going to be testing Cat 8 for another year or more. Consider this: Testers are an investment that most contractors expect to last for several years (we have lots of customers still using their thirteen year old DTX’s), and the DSX-8000 can ensure you’ll be ready for when your customers do start deploying Cat 8 technology–whether that’s in six months or twelve.

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How a UPS Monitoring Service Can Help Prevent Costly IT Downtime

The average IT staff isn’t set up to perform UPS maintenance; they’re too busy performing other functions that are more core to meeting business goals, as they should be. As they do with many IT functions today, companies can now outsource the … [Continue reading]

3 Reasons Why Power over Ethernet Demands CAT 6A Cable

The type of cabling you select can make a major difference in terms of how heat inside the cable is managed, as well as how it impacts performance. Category 5e and Category 6 cable can be used to support PoE devices, but the consensus is clear: … [Continue reading]

Is OM5 Fiber a Good Solution for the Data Center?

OM5 is being presented as a potential new option for data centers that require greater link distances and higher speeds. However, many enterprise IT and data center managers are increasingly adopting single-mode fiber systems to solve these … [Continue reading]

Choosing the Right HDMI Extender

As the audio / video market keeps expanding and new standards are rolled out it is sometimes a bit difficult in choosing the right cable and extender products for the project. Attached is a video by Leviton that may help you in choosing the right … [Continue reading]

Weatherproofing Cable Connections

Often weatherproofing gets overlooked because the tech has knows he is using corrosion resistant connectors and outdoor rated cable, but over time moisture can find it's way into connector mating points and wreck an otherwise sound connection. It is … [Continue reading]

Why HDBaseT Requires Cat 6A

HDBaseT cabling requirements tend to be a bit confusing for a number of reasons. In some of the earlier years before version 2.0 there were a variety cable types that were acceptable depending on the manufacturer, the distance and bandwidth required … [Continue reading]

Battery Technology for Data Centers: VRLA vs. Li-ion

Lithium Ion batteries are slowly making their way into many applications where a smaller foot print  and a longer life was a necessity that over road the higher initial cost.  As Lithium Ion battery use has become more and more commonplace the prices … [Continue reading]

How Do You Know if a Cell Phone Signal Booster Will Work?

A question I hear often is How do I know if a signal booster will work for my location? Dropped calls can happen for a variety of reasons. In a business environment, dropped calls most commonly occur because of interference from building materials … [Continue reading]