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. You can learn more in our complete Cat5 cable guide.

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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RS Stock No. 812-4781
BrandRS PRO
£46.93
1 Reel of 50 Metre(s)
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50m Unterminated Unterminated/Unterminated UTP Blue PVC 5.2mm 7/0.16 -
RS Stock No. 333-6605
BrandRS PRO
£6.81
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10m Terminated Male RJ45/Male RJ45 F/UTP Grey PVC - - -
RS Stock No. 294-8409
BrandRS PRO
£4.60
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5m Terminated Male RJ45/Male RJ45 F/UTP Red PVC - - -
RS Stock No. 812-4794
BrandRS PRO
£46.93
1 Reel of 50 Metre(s)
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50m Unterminated Unterminated/Unterminated UTP Green PVC 5.2mm 7/0.16 -
RS Stock No. 294-8415
BrandRS PRO
£4.60
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5m Terminated Male RJ45/Male RJ45 FTP Yellow PVC - - -
RS Stock No. 812-4788
BrandRS PRO
£46.01
1 Reel of 50 Metre(s)
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50m Unterminated Unterminated/Unterminated UTP Red PVC 5.2mm 7/0.16 -
RS Stock No. 812-4785
BrandRS PRO
£46.93
1 Reel of 50 Metre(s)
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50m Unterminated Unterminated/Unterminated UTP Yellow PVC 5.2mm 7/0.16 -
RS Stock No. 333-6598
BrandRS PRO
£4.60
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5m Terminated Male RJ45/Male RJ45 F/UTP Grey PVC - - -
RS Stock No. 333-6554
BrandRS PRO
£2.81
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1m Terminated Male RJ45/Male RJ45 F/UTP Grey PVC - - -
RS Stock No. 172-7317
BrandRS PRO
£15.41
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250mm Terminated Male RJ45/Male RJ45 UTP Grey HDPE - - Low Smoke Zero Halogen (LSZH)
RS Stock No. 757-5148
Mfr. Part No.6XV1840-2AH10
BrandSiemens
£41.70
1 Reel of 20 Metre(s)
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20m Unterminated Unterminated/Unterminated SF/UTP Green PVC - - Flame Retardant
RS Stock No. 333-6560
Mfr. Part No.CR503B2
£3.67
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2m Terminated Male RJ45/Male RJ45 F/UTP Grey PVC - - -
RS Stock No. 623-6176
Mfr. Part No.09457711153
BrandHARTING
£74.46
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20m Terminated Male RJ45/Male RJ45 U/FTP Green PVC - - -
RS Stock No. 757-5157
Mfr. Part No.6XV1870-2B
BrandSiemens
£42.74
1 Reel of 20 Metre(s)
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20m Unterminated Unterminated/Unterminated SF/UTP Green PVC - - -
RS Stock No. 623-5921
Mfr. Part No.09456000105
BrandHARTING
£278.93
1 Reel of 100 Metre(s)
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100m Unterminated Unterminated/Unterminated SF/UTP Black PVC 6.5mm 7/0.25 -
RS Stock No. 294-8370
Mfr. Part No.CR503B5CBL
£3.54
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5m Terminated Male RJ45/Male RJ45 F/UTP Blue PVC - - -
RS Stock No. 294-8207
Mfr. Part No.CR503B1CBL
£3.39
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1m Terminated Male RJ45/Male RJ45 FTP Blue PVC - - -
RS Stock No. 498-2984
Mfr. Part No.09456000101
BrandHARTING
£434.33
1 Reel of 100 Metre(s)
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100m Unterminated Unterminated/Unterminated SF/UTP Green PUR 6.5mm 7/22 Flame Retardant
RS Stock No. 294-8156
Mfr. Part No.CR503B05CBL
£3.20
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500mm Terminated Male RJ45/Male RJ45 FTP Blue PVC - - -
RS Stock No. 111-9290
Mfr. Part No.9853C SL005
BrandAlpha Wire
£149.01
1 Reel of 30 Metre(s)
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30m Unterminated Unterminated/Unterminated SF/FTP Grey PVC 10.19mm 7/0.32 -