Is there anyway the cable in the gray outer casing Cat5/6

The cable in the gray outer casing is routed between two patch panels (new construction).  This is supposed to be to bridge two areas of the building (poor planning) for data and VoIP.  The cable does not appear to be Cat5/6.  Is there anyway to confirm or by looking at it, is it just not even possible?


Rich MAsked:
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Hello ThereSystem AdministratorCommented:
What is the difference between CAT5 and CAT6 cable?
Answer: It’s all in the number of cable pair twists and increased shielding. The more twists in the cable pairs the cleaner the signal. That’s because twisting the cable pairs cancels out the interference or  “bleed over” / “crosstalk”; thereby allowing for more information or “bandwidth” to flow through the cable. CAT 6 cable has more twists than CAT 5 or CAT 5e cable; therefore, it uses more copper wire and shielding so generally costs more.
If you zoom in on the right portion of the photo (just to the left of the center), you can actually see a faded area that says CAT 5E. So you're good to go. However, I would've said that CAT 6 should've been used for the new construction, but too late for that.

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Joseph HornseyPresident and JanitorCommented:
You've got better eyes than me!

I was going to suggest looking for the print on the outside of the cable.  You can see the characters clearly on the green cables and probably on the blue as well.  The grey one - not so clear, but you can see it does have print on the outside.

You should be able to find the rating  - category as well as Mhz - as well as the length marker, etc.

That's funky looking.  Why the hell didn't they just run fiber?
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Rich MAuthor Commented:
I am actually going to run fiber before they seal up the easy access, maybe as backup, maybe for primary.  I am sure this result is purely saving a buck, adding this part of the building was an afterthought.   Heading onsite tomorrow for a closer inspection of cable markings, I will reply back.

Thanks everyone!
Rich MAuthor Commented:
Took my tech over (younger eyes) and we found a spot that wasn't rubbed off and it was indeed CAT5e.  Thanks everyone!
Joseph HornseyPresident and JanitorCommented:
LOL.. I need to start carrying a pair of younger eyes with me.  Wait.. that sounded wrong...
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