As the need for faster, more reliable internet speeds increases, the technologies used to connect have evolved. Things become obsolete, making room for improved technologies that give users more of what they need.  When it comes to Cat5 cabling, many have become obsolete, overshadowed by Cat6 and Cat7 cabling. If your business or residential home still has Cat5 as part of your network infrastructure, here’s what you can expect.

Obsolete, But Still in Use

If you still have Cat5 cabling, you are not alone. Several businesses today still enjoy Cat5 cabling and can connect to their network and operate based on their business needs. Cat5 cabling is a bit outdated because it was first released in 1995. If you plan to incorporate more digital business practices in the future, then Cat5 might not cut it. Progressive Office Cabling can assist your business in upgrading to a newer and faster form of cabling. Our experienced technicians are pros at upgrading cabling within the existing infrastructure.

Cat5e – A Small Step Above 5e

Cat5e cabling hit the market in 2001 and is what most businesses have within their networks. While Cat5e does support faster internet speeds and data transfer, there are more efficient methods on the market. Limitations of 5e include a bandwidth of just 100MHz and copper cabling, which can become easily damaged if extreme temperatures or weather conditions are extreme.

Improvements to Cabling

Today, the new and improved cabling options are Category 6a and Category 7 cabling. If you want to upgrade, it may be worth the investment to go with Cat6a or Cat7 and enjoy the best the market offers. In this way, you can avoid disasters from happening, faster internet speeds, and a warranty that will keep your system running smoothly as your business needs increase.

Ready to Upgrade?

Planning out your network cabling infrastructure is key to keeping your business running. The internet is an essential part of most businesses, and Progressive Office Cabling wants to keep your business running as smoothly as possible. We recommend upgrading your cabling system to Cat6a or Cat7, especially if you’re still using Cat5. Cat5 is on its way to becoming obsolete, meaning it is time to say out with the old and in with the new. Please contact our office at (800) 614-4560 to schedule a free estimate with one of our technicians.