Network Patch cables come in various lengths and colours normally used to connect network equipment such as switches and Routers together.
Cat5e, Cat6, and Cat6a are different categories of Ethernet cables, each with its own specifications and capabilities.
Cat5e Supports data transfer speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps (megabits per second) or 1 Gbps (gigabit per second) over a maximum distance of 100 meters.
Cat6 cables are designed to provide improved performance over Cat5e. They have stricter specifications for crosstalk and system noise. Cat6 cables can support data transfer speeds of up to 10 Gbps over a maximum distance of 55 meters
Cat6a cables are an enhanced version of Cat6 and offer even higher performance. They have improved shielding and insulation, which reduces crosstalk and enables them to support higher frequencies. Cat6a cables can handle data transfer speeds of up to 10 Gbps over the full 100-meter distance specified by Ethernet standards.
Since the price difference is relatively small between the different categories, we always recommend Cat6 or Cat6a patch cables.