Future-Proofing with Cat6a

August 8, 2019 at 8:00 AM


There is no telling what technological breakthroughs await us in the future. But one thing no one wants, is to have to re-cable an entire network because the existing cabling can’t meet the speed and bandwidth needed to support future technology. Re-cabling consumes time, money and a lot of resources. So what is one to do to future-proof their cabling? For many, Cat6a is the answer.


Cat6a cables are high-tech cables with advanced performance standards for twisted pair cable systems that offer features surpassing other category cables. They offer more power, faster speeds, tighter twists, further distances, better shielding and greater assurance that they’ll be able to keep up with today’s technology and future advancements. Cat6a cables are able to support upcoming advances in technologies such as Power over Ethernet (PoE), bandwidth-intensive applications and data transfers up to 10 Gbps. With 23-gauge twisted pair, they can transmit those 10 Gbps speeds over distances of up to 100m. Cat6a cables also feature shielding to control interference and crosstalk, which improves performance and increases operational bandwidth. While the extra shielding might add bulk to the cabling, the benefits of Cat6a far outweigh the increased costs that go along with a heavier cable.


In addition to PoE, there is a long list of technology coming to market that will continue to increase the need for speed and power. For example, next generation Wave 2 Wi-Fi devices will require 4 Gbps speeds in the near future. Enterprise businesses upgrading to this technology will be able to count on Cat6a to provide the speeds needed. HDBaseT is another emerging technology that would require Cat6a capabilities to transmit full, high definition video, audio and data files over 100 meters. Plus, Cat6a cables can manage the data load needed to support IP convergence, which is beneficial to enterprise networking applications.


Overall, Cat6a might cost a bit more than Cat5e or Cat6, but investing in Cat6a now and its ability to keep up with the changing demands of new technology will save money in the long run. Check out our extensive selection of Cat6a cable assemblies.


HDBaseT: How One Cable Does it All

October 16, 2014 at 10:00 AM

This folks - is another game changing technology that’s worth a good discussion.




       It’s convenient
       It simplifies multimedia device connectivity
       It lowers overall system costs (one cable)


So just what is HDBaseT and what does it do?


HDBaseT technology uses a 5Play™ feature that encompasses full HD digital video, audio, 100BaseT Ethernet, power over cable, and various control signals through a single Cat5e or Cat6 LAN cable. This enables just one cable to replace multiple cables and connectors in a home entertainment or business environment-- thus optimizing for whole-home or whole-office distribution.


As Engadget stated-- until now this technology has been primarily geared towards professional installers and dedicated enthusiasts, but now focuses on user friendliness and lower cost, which could drive end user participation in whole-house media usage.


Unlike other HD technologies currently available, HDBaseT is the only technology that enables long-reach wired connectivity up to 100 meters for uncompressed full HD multimedia content and up to 100 watts of charging power via a single cable. Keep in mind that this does mean HDBaseT has its limits, including 100w DC maximum power, 100Mb/s Ethernet, and 10Gb/s uncompressed video.


All in all, HDBaseT was designed to support different types of media and controls. Within it, all HDMI 1.4 video and audio formats are supported. HDBaseT also enables and certifies RS232 and IR in addition to Ethernet. As it is still rather new and continually being tested and improved as time goes on, future generations of HDBaseT will likely include USB too. As for control functions, HDBaseT also allows vendors to send proprietary control signals when their equipment is on both ends.


One of the bigger conveniences of HDBaseT is that it utilizes existing Ethernet infrastructure without the need for changing connector or cabling requirements. As you can suspect, this greatly reduces installation costs and complexity. 


If you’re looking to incorporate this technology into your multimedia infrastructure, we manufacture plenty of products that support HDBaseT technology here at L-com. Take a look at our Cat5e and Cat6 LAN cables, adapters and couplers, and wall plates.


To see what a visualized home networking application layout using HDBaseT technology looks like, click here.


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