Buyer Beware! Copper Clad Aluminum

Recently I have seen a re-emergence of “less than” quality of copper cabling for structured cabling solutions. When following up to see how my quotes were progressing I was being told that we were considerably higher than our competition. While we’re not always the “less expensive” solution we are for the most part pretty competitive. After asking for a few more details these potential customers that found “way less expensive” solutions were using CCA or Copper Clad Aluminum cabling. Not apples to apples.

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CAT8 Cabling?

cat 8 cabling

TIA TR-42 Telecommunications Cabling Systems Engineering Committee approved the ANSI/TIA-568-C.2-1 specifications for Cat8 cabling systems. We will have 25 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet standards for backbone systems within the data center. The new standard is a big jump in supporting rapidly evolving networks like rack-level interconnects or in leaf-spine topologies.

What is CAT8 Cabling?

Snapshot of CAT8 Cabling Specifications

Category 8

  • Frequency: 2000MHz
  • Maximum Data Rate: 25GBase-T, 40GBase-T
  • Distance: 30 meters
  • Cable Construction: Shielded
  • Connector Type: Class I: RJ45, Class II: Non-RJ45

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