High Speed Cabling for Your Home or Business

What is the goal of any home or business that is wiring for Internet/Ethernet access?

Cat 7 Cabling

Speed and capacity, pure and simple. And if you are looking for these two things, the first place you should start is with CAT 7 network cabling. What is it? CAT 7 Cable– short for Category 7– is cabling infrastructure for 1000BASE-T (Gigabit Ethernet, or GbE) and 10GBASE-T (10-Gigabit Ethernet, or 10 GbE) networks. A CAT 7 cable offers performance of up to 600MHz, making it faster and more powerful than CAT5 or CAT6 cabling, by far.

When you put wiring into any facility, be it a home or a business, it pays to think a generation or two ahead. Yes, you could choose a cheaper and less powerful cable.  But do you really want to pay to re-run all your cable every time you upgrade your hardware?  An investment in CAT 7 network cabling will last for several years, and in the end, that is savings you can take to the bank. That’s the reason this product is considered the foundation of any Smart Home project, which offers homeowners futuristic highly-connected home with linked appliances, sound, lighting and heating/cooling.  It’s also the choice of businesses that are wiring for the future of high-speed, wireless connectivity.


Here are some of the most important reasons why Midwest Telephone recommends CAT 7 Network Cabling:

  1. It’s tougher. CAT 7 cabling is thicker, with an overall shield. It also has shield built in for every wiring pair. This is known as Screen Shielded Twisted Pair (SSTP) or Screened Foiled Twisted Pair (SFTP) wiring, and it almost completely eliminates alien crosstalk while significantly improving noise resistance. Put simply, it filters out the interference that other cables can pick up, and ensures you have consistent, quality streaming.
  2. It will last longer. CAT 7 Cabling is expected to have a 15-year lifecycle, as opposed to a 10-year life cycle for its nearest competitor, CAT6. That buys you at least an additional five years you don’t have to worry about replacing your wiring.
  3. Better clarity. CAT7 cabling has a larger copper cross section than the CAT5.  This not only makes the individual cores easier to work with, it also protects you against voltage drop.  So, you will be able to enjoy life with fewer hiccups in your bandwidth.
  4. It’s vetted. Midwest Telephone works extensively with CAT7 cable, and it is tested to work with every coordinating product we sell.  You can rest assured when you work with us, you’ll have a system that works seamlessly, and performs up to speed and expectations.

Overall, CAT 7 Network Cabling can cost around 10 to 20 percent more than competing cables. We believe that’s a small price to pay for the superior performance and durability of this product.

We recommend CAT 7 networking in all our cabling projects.


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