Subscribe to RSS Feed

Patch Cables

Patch Cables

MCL Data Solutions range of CAT5e, Cat6 and Optical Fibre network data patch cables. Select type required below, or try our custom made patch lead service. If you need assistance call us on 01702 443810.

What are network patch cables?


A patch cable can be manufactured in several different lengths and colours to fit the needs of the installer. A patch cable consists of two RJ45 modular plugs (8P8C), one placed on each end of a stranded cable. Stranded cable is constructed using four pairs of stranded wires each twisted together, and is used for patch cables because of its ability to be bent without causing damage to the wire or interruption of data transfer. As their name implies, patch cables are used to "patch" one network component to another eg. a computer to a network by connecting  a network card to a hub or switch, or linking network equipment together in data rooms.

What is difference between Cat5e and Cat6 Patch Cable?


The major difference between Cat5e and Cat6 is the quality of performance they provide. Cat5e is typically used for networks using 100 Mbit/s or a gigabit network, with performance of up to 100 MHz. For networks that can handle up to 250 MHz, you would want to make use of Cat6 cabling, as it offers more than twice the performance of a Cat5e. Although Cat6 may be able to handle greater data loads than Cat5e, it's always best to use the proper patch cable to match the cabling in your building; it pays to find out what is already in use at your location before installing the network.

What are Shielded Patch cables and Why They Are Used?


In most cases, unshielded patch cables are used in networking, but if your surroundings have strong radio signal interference, a shielded network system and patch cables will most likely be required. Shielded patch cables have a metal inner jacket protecting the 4 pairs, and a metal jacket covering the RJ45 modular plugs. Shielded patch cables are for only specific applications and are not compatible with unshielded network equipment

Current Standards for CAT Patch Cords.

Cat5: Typically used on 100 Mbit/s Ethernet networks and can be used up to 100 MHz; however, Cat5 is not suitable for1000BASE-T gigabit Ethernet. Not recognized by TIA/EIA

Cat5e: Typically used on 100 Mbit/s Ethernet networks and gigabit Ethernet networks; can be used up to 100 MHz. Currently recognized by TIA/EIA

Cat6: Performs at more than double the MHz of Cat5 and Cat5e, going up to 250 MHz. Currently recognized by TIA/EIA

Cat6a: Standard for future 10 Gbit/s applications.

Cat7: Standard used to describe ISO/IEC 11801 Class F cabling. Cat7 is a protective shield covering 4 individually shielded pairs (STP) for transmission of frequencies of up to 600 MHz

Buy Network Patch Cables at Competitive Prices from MCL Data Solutions.

The choice of network patch cables, cords and leads can at times be overwhelming and managing these cables onsite can also be problematic. At MCL Data Solutions we offer a wide range of different connector configurations and lengths to ensure your installation is neater and day to day management of your copper network cabling is easier.