CAT6A vs CAT6

Tiras25
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Building a new server room.  What are the opinions to go with CAT6 vs CAT6A.
Heard A its more expensive than regular 6 and more difficult to use in the field due to the jacket thickness.

Please advice.
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Cat 6A supports 10 GBPS speeds up to it's maximum length, unlike Cat6 which only supports 10Gbps up to 33m. It is definitely bulkier and the wires are a heavier gauge so you need to make sure that the connectors you use are compatible. Also nearly all CAT6A cables are shielded.

In a perfect world I would say run CAT6A in order to future proof a new server room if your budget supports it, if the budget is tight and you aren't using 10GBPS connections then you can get away with Cat6.
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I would use CAT6A wherever you can (fixed rooms) .  The jacket would include some shielding to permit longer distances with no significant attenuation over normal. You may wish to use CAT6 in the field if not exceeding the run length.
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nopoints: for fixed runs use solid wire vs stranded wire. Note: the rj45 connectors are different
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Thanks and I was happy to help.

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