Which Network Cable - Cat 6 or Cat 7?

Ethernet cables are a crucial component for establishing a wired internet connection between devices, such as computers, routers, and switches. They are designed to transfer data quickly and reliably over a network. JuicEBitz is a reputable manufacturer of Ethernet cables, offering various types, including Category 6 (CAT.6) and Category 7 (CAT.7). Here are some of the key differences between these two cables and what we've done to increase the quality of the build and performance.

Speed and Bandwidth: Cat 6 and Cat 7 cables differ in their maximum speed and bandwidth capacity. A Cat 6 cable is capable of supporting up to 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps) of data transfer rate at a frequency of 250 Megahertz (MHz). On the other hand, a Cat 7 cable can support up to 10 Gbps of data transfer rate at a frequency of 600 MHz. Thus, Cat 7 cables can transfer more data faster than Cat 6 cables.

Shielding: Both of our models are double shielded whereas most standard network cables are unshielded (UTP) which means they have no shielding around the wires. As a result, they are more susceptible to electromagnetic interference (EMI) and radio frequency interference (RFI) from external sources. However, JuicEBitz Cat 6 and JuicEBitz Cat 7 network cables are designed with more advanced shielding techniques, including foil shielding and braided shielding, which help to reduce EMI and RFI significantly. This makes either of our products just as good as each other. Our cables are suitable for indoor or outdoor use and within high-density environments with a lot of electronic devices that generate electromagnetic radiation.

Cable Design: Our Cat 6 cables we've designed round - as these are generally more robust, but also our most popular network cables, because it meets all the requirements for most modern appliances and network use. Our Cat 7 cables we've made flat as these are more likely to be used in heavy data environments with switches and routers, so when they are linked above and below, the cable flexes the correct way in a looped fashion without twisting the wire.

We also use LSZH or LS0H cable sheathing. This is similar to PVC but is named Low Smoke Zero Halogen. LSZH cable jacketing is composed of thermoplastic or thermoset compounds that emit limited smoke and no halogen when exposed to high sources of heat. These are widely required in automotive, rail and airline industries as well as many other sectors, so we use this for all our network cable designs so consumers of all types benefit from this safer upgrade.

Connectors: Both use RJ45, a standard 8P8C connector - however the design of the Cat 7 is slightly slimmer due to the flat cable it houses. Both will work with any router, PC, laptop, MacBook and so on.

Cost: One small difference between Cat 6 and Cat 7 cables is their cost. Cat 7 cables are generally more expensive than Cat 6 cables due to their construct, advanced shielding and higher bandwidth capacity. Therefore, Cat 7 cables may not be the best choice for most home and small business users who do not require the highest level of performance. As a general rule we only recommend Cat 6 for home use, as there's not many devices that will exceed these requirements. However, they are also very useful up to 30m if you need to place them behind a skirting board or under carpet.

Summary: both JuicEBitz Cat 6 and Cat 7 Ethernet cables are excellent options for establishing wired internet connections. Cat 6 cables are suitable for most residential and small business applications, while Cat 7 cables are more suitable for high-density environments and applications that require high-bandwidth and low-latency connections. When deciding which cable to choose, it is essential to consider your specific needs, such as speed, shielding, cable design, connectors, and cost, to ensure you get the best cable for your situation. However, you can read our hundreds of verified reviews on these products and we are sure that whatever you choose you will be happy with your choice.

For further information or technical support, please do not hesitate to contact our team for further assistance - we are here to help. You can also call us on 01723 332269 Opt.1 Sales for any sales or custom build enquires* please note that colour change or special length requirements must meet a minimum order quantity. Just ask our friendly sales advisers when your call is connected.