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The Advantage of Slim Cat6 Cable

Introduction of Slim Cat6 Cable

Slim cat6 cable is the thin version of cat6 cable, which is designed to meet the requirement of Gigabit Ethernet (1000BASE-T) since the rapid development of today’s network. Cat6 is a patch cable used to connect electronic devices in local area networks such as routers, computers and company intranet, for carrying broadband signals between the devices. This sixth generation of twisted-pair network cable can support speeds up to 10Gbps and is able to operate at up to 250MHz with an improved design of thicker-gauge wire and increased shielding. This can guarantee data integrity simultaneously.

Advantages of Slim Cat6 Cable

Slim cat6 cable is commonly constructed of 28 AWG(American Wire Gauge, a standard to distinguish the diameter of individual wire ) wire. The slim patch cable is almost 36% thinner than other network cable constructed of 24AWG copper conductors. The relationship between wire gauge and wire diameter is inverse, which means the gauge is smaller and the diameter of the wire is larger. For example, with 24AWG copper conductor, the outer diameter of a typical cat6 cord is 0.235 inches. However, the cable constructed of 28AWG copper wire is significantly smaller in diameter. With copper pairs of this type, cat6 cable cord with 28AWG wire is 0.15 inches in outer diameter. Therefore, using slim cat6 cable can optimize network. It provides many benefits as followed.

  • Reduce space

Commonly the larger the gauge, the smaller the wire. From the above, we can see that with a diameter of only 0.15 inches, the slimmer cat6 cable is almost half the size of a standard cat6 cable with a diameter of 0.235 inches. This indicates the slim cat6 can nearly reduce the cord’s size by more than 50 percent, which offers a larger extra space for cable managers and pathways.

  • Improve airflow

The slim design occupies less space in data center than other network cables. This can generate better airflow and equipment cooling, which are especially important for machines with large chassis switches. It is also helpful for equipment maintenance.

  • Enable easier management

Compared with the standard cat6, the slim cable is more flexible with a smaller volume. In addition, the slim cat6 cable brings more available space, so the cable is easier to manage especially on high-density panels. This make it convenient for users route cable without horizontal cable managers, and port numbers on high-density panels can be identified easily. It contributes to save time and labor in a certain meaning.

easy to management

Application of Slim Cat6 Cable

The majority of new buildings has installed cat6 cable in recent years. And the slim cat6 cable is usually applied in telecommunication rooms or data center due to its benefits like reduced space. This network cable can handle issues in high-density rooms.


The slim cat6 cable is a great alternative to other traditional cable, for it can save space, improve airflow with easy management. With the internet demand of better signals, the importance of better network cables has been increased that can not be ignored. FS.COM will always serve you with good network cables.

Ethernet Patch Cable Wiring Guide

Ethernet patch cable has already become a ubiquitous part of our everyday experience. It is generally used for connecting virtually all networking components, providing a flexible and cost-effective way of transmitting voice, data, and multimedia over integrated networks. When dealing with Ethernet patch cables, we sometimes get confused regarding patch cable wiring schemes and when they should be employed. So this article will try to shed some light on this commonly confused subject.

ethernet patch cable

Ethernet Patch Cable and Wiring Standard

Since the wiring scheme of different Ethernet patch cable varies, we’ d better get to know the categories of it as well as its wiring standard. Basically, Ethernet patch cable comes in two types: straight-through cables and crossover cables. As for the wiring standard, there existing T568A and T568B defined in the ANSI/TIA-568-C.2 standard for 4-pair (8-position, 8-conductor) RJ45 interfaces. When used in traditional fashion, there is no functional difference between patch cords with T568A or T568B wiring standards. Both wiring standards are acceptable and are essentially interchangeable. The only difference between T568A and T568B specification is the orientation of the green and orange wire pairs.


Ethernet Patch Cable Wiring Scheme

In the previous part, we have mentioned the common types of Ethernet patch cables. So next we will further explain their features and illustrate the wiring scheme of each in details.

Straight-Through Cables

Straight-Through cables get its name due to the fact that both of its ends are configured in the same way. This kind of Ethernet patch cable often adopts the same wiring standard: either T568A or T568B layout. Which means out of the 8 pins on both ends of an Ethernet cable, each pin connects to the same pin on the opposite side. Most Ethernet patch cables on the market are straight-through cables, and they are typically used to connect unlike devices, such as connecting a router to a hub, a computer to a switch and a LAN port to a switch, hub or computer.

straight-through ethernet patch cable

Crossover Cables

Judging from the physical appearance, crossover cables just resemble that of the straight-through cables. However, the difference actually lies in the order that the wires are arranged: the send and receive pairs in this cable are crossed from one module plug to the other. Crossover cables use two different wiring standards: one end uses T568A wiring standard, while the other applies T568B wiring standard. This Ethernet patch cable is preferred for direct connection between the same devices: a PC to another PC, a hub to hub or switch to switch.

crossover ethernet cable

How to Distinguish Ethernet Patch Cable?

Knowing the difference between the two types of Ethernet patch cables is proved to be useful, especially when connecting them to various components. Let’ s see how to efficiently identify each.

The easiest way to tell what kind of Ethernet patch cable you have is to look at both of its ends together. If both cable ends are configured according to the T568A or T568B standard for both connector ends, then the cable is a straight-through patch cord. But if the patch cable is wired according to the T568A standard at one end, and the T568B at the other end, the cable is a crossover cable. Crossover cables sometimes have orange or yellow sheaths to make them easier to identify.

ethernet network cable


Ethernet patch cable facilitates our life in various aspects, and it also has played a significant role in the development of generic and structured cabling system. I hope this article could help to eliminate any confusion with regard to the features and wiring schemes of different Ethernet patch cables. FS.COM offers a wide range of Ethernet cables (Cat5e/Cat6/Cat7) and accessories. For more information and tutorials, visit www.fs.com.