Benefits of 24 AWG Cable

July 21, 2016 at 8:00 AM


When designing your Ethernet network, there are so many cable parameters to consider, including different wire gauges. To help you choose the cable that best suits your Ethernet connectivity application, we’ll take a deeper look at the benefits of 24 AWG cable and all that it has to offer.


Longer Distance

If 26 AWG cable was a sprinter, 24 AWG would be a long distance runner. 24 AWG cable can be used for distances of up to 90 meters, before adding a repeater. This is a significantly longer distance in comparison to 26 AWG cables that only support 68 meters.


Larger Diameter Conductor

Rugged to the core, the large diameter of a 24 AWG cable makes for a stronger conductor. This added strength is beneficial when the cable is being pulled-on during installation and when routed through machines or other equipment.


Lower Attenuation

That large conductor also brings the benefits of lower attenuation. Because the 24 AWG conductor is larger than that of the 26 AWG cable, is has less signal loss over distance.


Improved Connection

Improved connection is another benefit of the larger copper conductor of 24 AWG cable. Because the cable has more copper for the pins of an insulation displacement connector (IDC), 

like an RJ45, to “bite” into, it results in better connector retention and durability.


PoE Support

Thicker copper in the 24 AWG cable, also results in enhanced Power over Ethernet (PoE) capabilities. Thicker copper = less resistance = longer distances with less heat, all of which equates to better PoE performance.


You want to make sure that you have the best, most reliable cable in order for your network to perform optimally and 24 AWG cable has many benefits that set is apart. From Cat6 cable assemblies to Cat5e patch cords, L-com offers a variety of 24 AWG cables to fit your needs.


Contact us today for more information.


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