cat7 cabling

Hi Experts,

we have just purchased a bunch of premium gold plated cat7 cabling. the cabling is going to be used from the LAN ports to the switches and to jump from switch to switch.

the reason for purchasing this is because:

1 - I prefer using good quality cabling even if the limits are not reached
2 - the cost was a few pounds more

so my question is, the frequency (bandwidth) is much larger on the cat7 cabling.

but how do I determine how much bandwidth is actually being used?
it says Cat7 is good for Frequencies up to 1000MHz. but how many MHz would an average network use?
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Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
Bandwidth usage is going to fluctuate all over the place.  There is no way to accurately answer how much usage is average....There are too many variable.

Read this Wiki....

Particularly look at the section towards the bottom titled..Tools available for measuring throughput
The amount of 'bandwidth' available through the patch cable is only determinable through a proper cable tester that is rated for the same. Electrical bandwidth in a copper path has only a loose correlation to meaningful throughput in terms of TCP/IP (common L2/L3 protocol). Note that testing is an A-Z test, not just individual components of said test, such as an individual patch cord.

Honestly - if you concerned with copper 'bandwidth', then you ought to be looking towards optical solution. They are far easier to follow and are well established.

Also please note that the standard providers (EIA/TIA) have not ruled on what exactly "Cat 7" means, so there is also that also.

Good luck!

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