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What is Cat 8 cable

Ethernet is the most common cable used in homes, offices, and organizations for networking purposes. It allows you to share files and access the internet from wired devices connected to a local network. Ethernet cables give your computer access to your local area network (LAN). This is similar to manually connecting to your wireless network instead of trying to connect wirelessly.

Some of its advantages are mentioned below.

  • The data transfer speed is significantly faster than Cat7 and Cat6a cables
  • It is backward compatible with earlier standards and uses ordinary RJ45 connections with no compatibility issues.
  • In addition to being more consistent, a hardwired internet connection is faster.
  • There will be no sudden drop in Internet speed if walls or other objects do not block your Wi-Fi signals.
  • Multiplayer games will load more quickly when using an Ethernet cable, and it is available on every major console.

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Cat8 Cable Shielding

Most of the previous cables have used shielded twisted pairs (STP). Shielded twisted-pair cables (STP) protect the internal conductors from electromagnetic interference (EMI) by using conductive materials within the jacket, allowing data transmission speeds to be faster and fewer errors to occur. But the shielding of the Cat8 cable separates it from all the earlier cable versions. It goes one step further by wrapping each twisted pair in foil to eliminate crosstalk and allow for faster data transfer practically. As a result, the wire is thicker, stiffer, and more challenging to install in confined areas. However, this saves it from any electromagnetic interference and is considered the most significant change in Cat8 cable. As a result, Cat8 cables can transmit data at the fastest possible rates and are far more dependable than any prior generation Ethernet cable now available.

Cat8 Cable Limitations

Cat 8 has considerably more stringent length limits, with a maximum range of just 98 feet. That’s plenty for most residential setups, but it’s a significant reduction from previous norms. As well as being rigid, the cable can have difficulty being installed and terminated. In addition, it costs more than the earlier cables.

Where to use Cat 8 cable?

Cat8 cables are more dependable and can transfer more data capacity at a greater transfer speed. These cables are very helpful in data-centers, server rooms, etc. Gamers can also use this for the multiplayer game, but it is usually not recommended because the transfer speed rate of previous cables like Cat6 or Cat5 should be enough for them.

Basic Specifications of Cat 8 cable

Some of the basic specifications of the Cat8 cable are mentioned below.

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Ethernet Speed Comparison

As stated earlier, Cat 8 is the fastest of the ethernet cables; now, let’s compare them to see how much faster it is.

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Conclusion

Cat8 is an ethernet cable used to communicate with multiple electronic devices by a physical connection just like its predecessor. Its main advantage is that it is more secure due to the additional security as each pair of cables is further wrapped in foil that provides less interference. Also, it has a better communication speed. On the other hand, its downside is that it has a shorter range and is expensive. You need to consider which cable you need per your requirements, as the old cables also have good internet speed.

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