Black Box products can be conveniently purchased
through a broad range of qualified distributors
and resellers located around the globe.
Black Box delivers solutions from our manufacturing
Click here for our solution partner directory.
Get fast answers from one of our Experts.
Helping you is our priority at Black Box.
You can contact us by phone, fax, email, or chat with one of our Experts for immediate assistance.
Helping you is our priority at Black Box.You can contact us by phone, fax, or email with one of our Experts for immediate assistance.
A technical expert will call you within 30 seconds.
It's live and it's free.
Get fast answers
from one of our
Helping you is our priority at Black
Box. You can contact us by phone,
fax, or email with one of our Experts for immediate assistance.
We're available from 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
We'll answer in 60 minutes!
We’ll respond in 60 seconds or less!
We'll answer in 60 minutes!
(8 AM-5 PM Eastern)
(24x7, 365 days a year)
One of the most important cable measurements is Near-End Crosstalk (NEXT). Its signal interference from one pair that adversely affects another pair on the same end. Not only can crosstalk... more/see it nowoccur between adjacent wire pairs (pair-to-pair NEXT), but all other pairs in a UTP cable can also contribute their own levels of both near-end and far-end crosstalk, multiplying the adverse effects of this interference onto a transmitting or receiving wire pair.Because such compounded levels of interference can prove crippling in high-speed networks, some cable manufacturers have begun listing Power Sum NEXT (PS-NEXT), FEXT, ELFEXT, and PS-ELFEXT ratings for their CAT5e and CAT6 cables. Here are explanations of the different types of measurements:NEXT measures an unwanted signal transmitted from one pair to another on the near end.PS-NEXT (Power Sum crosstalk) is a more rigorous crosstalk measurement that includes the total sum of all interference that can possibly occur between one pair and all the adjacent pairs in the same cable sheath. It measures the unwanted signals from multiple pairs at the near end onto another pair at the near end.FEXT (Far-End crosstalk) measures an unwanted signal from a pair transmitting on the near end onto a pair at the far end. This measurement takes full-duplex operation into account where signals are generated simultaneously on both ends. ELFEXT (Equal-Level Far-End Crosstalk) measures the FEXT in relation to the received signal level measured on that same pair. It basically measures interference without the effects of attenuationthe equal level.PS-ELFEXT (Power Sum Equal-Level Far-End Crosstalk), an increasingly common measurement, measures the total sum of all intereference from pairs on the far end to a pair on the near end without the effects of attenuation. collapse
Augmented Category 6 (CAT6a)–Class Ea was ratified in February 2008. This standard calls for 10-Gigabit Ethernet data transmission over a 4-pair copper cabling system up to 100 meters. CAT6a extends... more/see it nowCAT6 electrical specifications from 250 MHz to 500 MHz. It introduces the ANEXT requirement. It also replaces the term Equal Level Far-End Crosstalk (ELFEXT) with Attenuation to Crosstalk Ratio, Far-End (ACRF) to mesh with ISO terminology. CAT6a provides improved insertion loss over CAT6. It is a good choice for noisy environments with lots of EMI. CAT6a is also well-suited for use with PoE+.
CAT6a UTP cable is significantly larger than CAT6 cable. It features larger conductors, usually 22 AWG, and is designed with more space between the pairs to minimize ANEXT. The outside diameter of CAT6a cable averages 0.29–0.35" compared to 0.21–0.24" for CAT6 cable. This reduces number of cables you can fit in a conduit. At a 40% fill ratio, you can run three CAT6a cables in a 3/4" conduit vs. five CAT6
There are two types of CAT6a cable, UTP and F/UTP.
Delivering superior technical support is our highest priority. Depending on the products or services we provide for you, please visit your appropriate support area.
You have added this item to your cart.
Important message about your cart:
You requested more of "" than the currently available. The quantity has
been changed to them maximum quantity available. View your cart.