Data Cabling Full Table

Cable TypeOur Expert ViewData Speed / Distance
Cat.5 (copper twisted pair)Not available100Mbps / 100m
Cat.5e (copper twisted pair)Slightly cheaper than Cat.61Gbps / 100m
Cat.6 (copper twisted pair)Most popular for internal building wiring1Gbps / 100m
Cat.6a (copper twisted pair)For data centres or where equipment demands high current PoE10Gbps / 100m
Cat.7 (copper twisted pair)There is no equipment available with connectors supporting this standard (Not Recommended)10Gps / 100m
Cat.7a (copper twisted pair)There is no equipment available with connectors supporting this standard (Not Recommended)10Gps / 100m
Cat.8.1 (copper twisted pair)Standard not ratified by ISO and will only be intended for data centres10Gbps / 100m
Cat.8.2 (copper twisted pair)As Cat.8.1 but connector interface not backward compatible with RJ4510Gbps / 100m
25/40Gbps / 30m
OM1 (fibre optic)Be careful, different size fibre to OM2,OM3,OM4,OM51Gbps / 275m
10Gbps / 32m
OM2 (fibre optic)Use OM41Gbps / 550m
10Gbps / 82m
OM3 (fibre optic)Use OM41Gbps / 550m
10Gbps / 300m
40Gbps / 100m
100Gbps / 100m
OM4 (fibre optic)Use between buildings or where distance between cabinets is >90m or 10Gbps links required1Gbps / 1100m
10Gbps / 550m
40Gbps / 150m
100Gbps / 150m
OM5 (fibre optic)Standard not ratified by ISO. Wideband version of OM4 supporting higher speeds. Primary use: Data Centre.As OM4 but with -
400Gbps / 150m
OS1 (fibre optic)Use OS21Gbps / 2km
10Gbps / 2km
100Gbps / 40km
OS2 (fibre optic)Extended distance between buildings1Gbps / 40km
10Gbps / 10km
100Gbps / 5km