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Shielded Cabling

Top Reasons to Implement a Shielded Category 6A Copper Cabling Solution

  • Increased Category 6A Shielded Performance Headroom
    Exhibits a Shannon Capacity of 23 Gbps at 500 MHz, vs just 18 Gbps for UTP.
  • Longer Projected Lifecycle
    Superior 10Gb/s headroom means it will support growing network performance needs for longer than lower-performing options. The longer the cabling plant lasts, the lower the overall cost of ownership.
  • Superior Alien Crosstalk Performance
    Provides a full 20dB of margin vs. the limits, nearly 20dB better than UTP.
  • No Need For Alien Crosstalk Field Testing
    Cable shields eliminates alien crosstalk to the extent that testing is not required. Beware of waiving field testing of 6A UTP systems.
  • Excellent Immunity To External Noise
    Cable shield protects data transmissions from common electromagnetic interference, allowing error-free performance in "noisy" environments.
  • Increased Data Security
    The same shielded ed cable construction that keeps outside signals out, also keeps transmissions in, securing data from unwanted signal radiation.
  • 100 Times More Resistant To Interference
    Models and experiments prove that UTP cables have 100 times more potential to radiate and receive signals (ie behave like an antenna) than shielded cables under ideal termination conditions and are 10 times more likely to radiate and receive signals under worst case ungrounded conditions.
  • Less Restrictive Installation Practices
    UTP cabling relies on jacket diameter and pair-pair spacing to meet alien crosstalk requirements. Anything that deforms the jacket - exceeding bend radius, over-cinching tie-wraps exceeding pathway fill recommendations, bundling too many cables - will degrade performance. F/UTP cabling controls crosstalk with an overall foil, giving it more resistance to the negative effects of jacket deformation.
  • Simplified Grounding and Bonding
    New advances integrate most grounding needs into standard termination steps, eliminating guesswork and speeding installation.
  • Heat Dissipation of Shielded vs UTP
    Extensive theoretical and experimental data contributed to the TIA and ISO/IEC Standards committees conclusively demonstrates that UTP systems exhibit approximately twice the temperature rise when pairs are subjected to a DC current than shielded systems do. Metal shields have a higher conductivity to dissipate heat than jacketing materials. As a result, bundling recommendations for shielded cables supporting remote powering applications, such as PoE, are significantly less restrictive than for unshielded cables (Learn more).
  • Growing Market Adoption
    A global standard for years, the growth of Category 6A shielded systems now outpaces the growth of UTP in most markets globally.