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Cat6a patch cables

Question.  Our new office prewired with CAT6a all the way.  From users stations to the patch panels.
Does it make sense to have CAT6a for the users stations as well?  Desk ports to the computers.
And from patch panels to the switches.  
What about from other devices to the switches?  WAPs, FW, routers, between switches, etc.  Go with CAT6a all the way?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If the computers have 1 Gbit/sec NIC's, then for the short distance, CAT5e standard preformed patch cables will work just fine and not lose any speed.

If a computer has a 10 Gbit/sec NIC, by all means use a CAT6a patch cord.

What about from other devices to the switches?  WAPs, FW, routers, between switches, etc.  Go with CAT6a all the way?

For these I would maintain CAT6 all the way. Why? You may have faster NIC's in the future.
Tiras25Author Commented:
You mean you would maintain CAT6a all the way right?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Yes. All the way to the socket at the user's workstation. From there to the 1 Gbit/sec NIC (10 feet) a standard patch cord will do.

But you want CAT6a to the socket in the event a faster machine is put in place.
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Olgierd UngehojerSenior Network AdministratorCommented:
1Gbps NIC work fine on Cat5e, Cat6, and Cat6a cables up to 100m, 10Gbps NIC can work with this speed up to 37m on Cat6 and  up to 100m on Cat6a cable.
Are you connecting the APs to ezisting outlets or will they need new cables? I am going to provide my response under the assumption that devices may be connected directly to the patch panel, and not have a wall or ceiling outlet involved.

It's most ideal to keep cat6a all the way through. Even to devices like WAPs. Not only for reasons John has mentioned, but also for consistency. Imagine having to figure out why something is slow down the road and realizing it comes from having multiple types of cables. I have literally been in offices where there were 3 types of cables going from patch panels to outlets.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thank you and I was happy to help. Good luck with your cabling.
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