Cat 5e copper cabling is used to connect laptops and computers to wall outlets, cable modems, DSL modems, routers, patch panels, or hubs. Cat 5e cableing is used for networking devices to access the Internet and high-speed networks.
Cat 6 copper cabling is used as the cabling infrastructure for a variety of Ethernet needs. The Cat 6 standard provides performance of up to 250 MHz and has a maximum length of 100 meters. Cat 6 is backward compatible with a variety of other cabling including Cat 5 and Cat 5e cables.
Cat 6a standard includes stringent specifications for crosstalk and system noise. Cat 6 and Cat 6a are both compatible with 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-TX, and 10GBASE-T. Cat 6a is slightly larger from other copper cabling options as it combines twisted light pair switch with additional padding.
OSP — Outside Plant
Outside Plant (OSP) copper cabling is the largest cabling and used to safely transport messages through cabling to and from different locations. OSP cabling is used underground to support a wide variety of communication services including telephone, data transfer, security, building automation, and more.