Cat5 Cable

Category 5 cable (or cat5 cable) is Ethernet cable consisting of 4 twisted pairs of copper wire with conductors usually measuring 24 AWG to 26 AWG. Category 5 cable has a maximum run length of 100 m and provides up to 100 Mbps in performance. Cat5 cable can be terminated using punch down blocks for fixed wiring installations. Alternatively this Ethernet cable can be made into patch cables terminated at each end with registered jacks (RJ45 connectors) for shorter movable cabling applications.

What does it do?
Cat5 cable is used to transfer data and signals in structured cabling systems for computers connected to LAN (Local Area Network). The cable standards defined for ANSI/TIA/EIA-568-A provide a bandwidth supporting frequencies up to 100 MHz and speeds up to 1000 Mbps. Category 5 cable is suitable for applications utilising 10-Base –T 100 Base – T and 1000Base-T. Its performance is enhanced when it comes as Cat5e cable.

Applications
Cat5 cable can be used in a wide variety of applications. It is traditionally used for LAN (Local Area Network) applications. Connecting computers, hubs, switches and routers to the network in schools, colleges, offices, hospitals and the home. Other applications include telephone, video and CCTV systems.

Types

  • Solid Conductors – Used in applications where longer runs are needed used for fixed or permanent wiring systems (office builds, and so forth)
  • Stranded Conductors – Used for shorter runs, or movable cabling (patch cables) enabling connection to networking equipment such as hubs, switches and routers

Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) is the standard cable used for Cat5 applications. UTP cable is made up of conductors twisted into pairs. Cat5 cable is a cable made up of 4 colour coded twisted pairs. The cable would have no shielding or screening between the outer jacket and the conductors contained within it.

PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) is most common material used for the outer insulation (jacket) although LSZH (Low Smoke Zero Halogen) is now widely available too.

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Description Price Length Sheath Colour Shield Type Outer Sheath Material Conductor Strand Type Connector Type Terminated/Unterminated American Wire Gauge Number of Strands Fire Behaviour Capacitance Cross Sectional Area Core Strands Cable Shape
RS Stock No. 757-5148
Mfr. Part No.6XV1840-2AH10
BrandSiemens
£40.00
1 Reel of 20 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
20m Green SF/UTP PVC - Unterminated Unterminated 22 AWG - Flame Retardant - 0.33 - -
RS Stock No. 812-4781
BrandRS PRO
£41.40
1 Reel of 50 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
50m Blue UTP PVC Stranded Unterminated Unterminated 26 AWG 7 - 330 pF - 7/0.16 Twisted Pair
RS Stock No. 333-6560
Mfr. Part No.CR503B2
£3.26
Each
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2m Grey F/UTP PVC - - Terminated - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 333-6605
BrandRS PRO
£22.34
Each
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10m Grey F/UTP PVC - - Terminated - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 623-6176
Mfr. Part No.09457711153
BrandHARTING
£67.56
Each
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20m Green U/FTP PVC - - Terminated - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 757-5157
Mfr. Part No.6XV1870-2B
BrandSiemens
£40.00
1 Reel of 20 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
20m Green SF/UTP PVC - Unterminated Unterminated - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 623-5921
Mfr. Part No.09456000105
BrandHarting
£246.31
1 Reel of 100 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
100m Black SF/UTP PVC Stranded Unterminated Unterminated 22 AWG 7 - - 0.344 mm² 7/0.25 4 Twisted Cores
RS Stock No. 294-8370
Mfr. Part No.CR503B5CBL
£3.47
Each
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5m Blue F/UTP PVC - - Terminated - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 498-2984
Mfr. Part No.09456000101
BrandHarting
£405.71
1 Reel of 100 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
100m Green SF/UTP PUR Stranded Unterminated Unterminated 22 AWG 7 Flame Retardant - 0.33 mm2 7/22 Multicore
RS Stock No. 294-8207
Mfr. Part No.CR503B1CBL
£3.32
Each
Units
1m Blue FTP PVC - - Terminated - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 294-8156
Mfr. Part No.CR503B05CBL
£3.20
Each
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500mm Blue FTP PVC - - Terminated - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 294-8409
BrandRS PRO
£3.47
Each
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5m Red F/UTP PVC - - Terminated - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 812-4794
BrandRS PRO
£41.40
1 Reel of 50 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
50m Green UTP PVC Stranded Unterminated Unterminated 26 AWG 7 - 330 pF - 7/0.16 Twisted Pair
RS Stock No. 294-8415
BrandRS PRO
£3.39
Each
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5m Yellow FTP PVC - - Terminated - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 111-9290
Mfr. Part No.9853C SL005
BrandAlpha Wire
£211.65
1 Reel of 30 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
30m Grey SF/FTP PVC Stranded Unterminated Unterminated 20 AWG 7 (Data), 7 (Power) - 54.776 pF/m - 7/0.32 Multicore
RS Stock No. 623-5965
Mfr. Part No.09456000145
BrandHarting
£125.55
1 Reel of 50 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
50m Black SF/UTP PVC Stranded Unterminated Unterminated 22 AWG 7 - - 2.28 mm² 7/22 Twisted Pair
RS Stock No. 294-8291
Mfr. Part No.CR503B3CBL
£3.41
Each
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3m Blue F/UTP PVC - - Terminated - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 623-5959
Mfr. Part No.09456000135
BrandHarting
£57.10
1 Reel of 20 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
20m Black SF/UTP PVC Stranded Unterminated Unterminated 22 AWG 7 Flame Retardant - 0.33 mm2 7/22 Twisted Pair
RS Stock No. 294-8213
Mfr. Part No.CR503B1CVT
£3.12
Each
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1m Green F/UTP PVC - - Terminated - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 623-5937
Mfr. Part No.09456000102
BrandHarting
£224.96
1 Reel of 100 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
100m Green SF/UTP PVC Stranded Unterminated Unterminated 22 AWG 7 - - 2.28 mm² 7/22 Multicore