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I am on a quest for input and have been parusing the forums for more info on this subject, but nothing jumps out at me.
Forget cost. That is not a factor (at least for this discussion)
Cat6 is the wave of the future for data transfer. Agreed.
Today's controllers do they take advatage of this?
Yes and no, CAT6 might provide better data transmission from it's inherent properties, but are probably not going to be seen in our installations at the speeds they run.
[quote ]Today, for what we do, is there a benefit in using shielded Cat6 over Cat5/6 or shielded Cat5? We lay a lot of cable in our yards and they have to intersect with power cords and such. I assume shielded will help with EMI interference, or does it, when you are crossing a 120V extension cord, or potentially running parallel to it for a distance. I know, we all attempt to create nice routing etc... but stuff happens.
Crossing a power cable does little for interference, parallel is the killer. The key to the UTP principal is the twisted ensure any RF for one pair affects the other giving a net gain of zero. CAT6 will be better, but at the lengths and speeds I doubt you'd need to go shielded.
For power injection, Cat6 will have a slightly higher amerage rating, is this an advantage?
I guess I am looking for some general input, pros vs cons, etc... TAOT
This is the only real advantage I see, CAT6 is 23AWG compared to 24AWG CAT 5 (typically, cheaper cables may be 24 and 26 respectively). This will allow for lower resistance thus more current for a given voltage drop.Cat 6 (real CAT6) also contains a spline separating the pairs, and makes it difficult to bend and work with. This is fine for permanent installations, but no so great for our installs that are put and pulled down for a few weeks.
In summary my view is CAT6 will provide minimal gains which will not be noticed while making installation a PITA.