If your company uses a local area network (LAN), then they are most likely using a cat cable of some type to network their computers. By gaining some cat cable education and training, you can help your company reduce costs by keeping the work in-house.
Cat cables consist of twisted copper and can carry high-speed transmissions of data. Looking at cat cables compared, there are four categories that are still in use today: cat 5 cable, cat 5e cable, cat 6 cable and cat 7 cable. Deciding which one to use for a particular business comes down to certain considerations:
1. How fast the cat cable needs to carry information
2. How long the cabling will need to be
3. How much the business can afford to spend on cat cable for the network
Understand exactly what a cat cable is and how to compare the different kindsThis is also sometimes called Ethernet cable. Cabling is a huge industry and there are many types out there. In addition to wanting to know what cat cable is versus other types of cable (like fiber optics), you'll also want to know the difference in speeds and capacities of various types of cat cable.
Consider installing a cat 5 networkFor most businesses a cat 5 network or cat 5e network provides sufficient speed in data transmission. If your building is not huge, it may be possible to install cat 5 network cable yourself with the help of online guides.
Get certified in an area relevant to cat cables infoCertification tests can be difficult to pass, so make sure you study and prepare for it adequately. It's a worthwhile investment though, as your current employer and all future employers will see your certification as an asset.
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