Cabling your CCTV system is often the most challenging part of an installation. We wanted to make it a little bit easier for you by compiling a few top tips when using CAT5e and CAT6 cable.

When purchasing CAT5e or CAT6 cable labelled as ‘pure copper’, be sure to have a closer look at the materials in your chosen brand of cable. Retailers have been known to state that their products are made of pure copper but they are actually made of CCA or copper coated aluminium. Being extra vigilant will help you avoid problems down the line. 

Both CAT5e and CAT6 plug into the same ports.

CAT5e vs CAT6




Speed: 1GB

Speed: 10GB

Crosstalk potential is higher

Crosstalk potential is lower

Frequency: up to 350 MHz

Frequency: up to 550 MHz

Lower Cost

Higher Cost

More prone to external interference

Tighter twist in the cables meaning less interference

More flexible cable

Less flexible cable

May have to be replaced in the future

Future proofing your technology


So which one is best for you?

CAT5e is the cheaper option as it has a smaller bandwidth. In addition, due to the cable being less thick, it is the easier to manoeuvre around corners. CAT6 delivers faster speeds and is known for being ‘future proof’ due to its larger bandwidth but don't worry. there is still plenty of life left in CAT5e!

We hope this helps!

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