The ever-growing need for 10Gb networking and transmission of video over ethernet cables has seen a massive growth in the deployment of CAT6A in recent years.
In many cases networks are made up of a combination of CAT6 to the desktop and CAT6A to Wireless Access Points and where streaming over ethernet is required, whereas in networks where 10Gb is required to the desktop CAT6A is a must (typically in media, for video editing etc where extremely large files are accessed over the network). While CAT6 is a 1Gbps standard it will often support 10Gbps over short distances, CAT6A is designed to support 10 Gig over the full 90m allowed for any copper cabling solution.
CAT6A is available in shielded (F/UTP) or unshielded (UTP) versions. Shielded, while it has its advantages in environments with a high risk of electromagnetic interference, depends on the correct earthing of the cabinet. UTP cable, however, is generally more expensive that F/UTP. We will always be happy to recommend the best solution for every installation and explain why.