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Copper Patch Cord

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  • CAT 5E / CAT 6 / CAT 6A / CAT 7 / CAT 8 Patch Cord
  • Conductor: 24/26/28/30 AWG Copper
  • Cable Sheath/Jacket: PVC or LSZH
  • Connector: 50U RJ45

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What is copper patch cord?

  • The copper patch cable, also known as a patch cord or patch lead, is an essential electrical component connecting one electronic device to another for signal routing. These cords play a vital role in networking environments, enabling the efficient transmission of data and signals.
  • The composition of patch cords is relatively straightforward yet crucial for their functionality. They consist of a network cable, typically made of copper, for its excellent conductivity and reliability in data transmission. On each end of this cable, RJ45 connectors are affixed. These connectors are standard for Ethernet networking and are designed to easily plug into network-enabled devices like computers, routers, and switches.

Application of the copper patch cord

Copper patch cords, also called patch cables or patch leads, are widely used in various applications because they provide reliable and efficient connections in network setups. Here are some of the primary applications:

  • Local Area Networks (LANs): They are extensively used in LANs for connecting computers, routers, switches, and other network devices within a building or campus.
  • Data Centers: In data centers, copper patch cords are essential for connecting servers, storage systems, and network devices, facilitating efficient data management and communication.
  • Telecommunications: These cords are used in telecommunications infrastructure to connect various telecom equipment, ensuring smooth data and voice transmission.
  • Office Networks: In office settings, they connect desktops, printers, and other peripherals to the network, enabling shared resources and networked communication.
  • Home Networks: For home networks, copper patch cords are used to connect modems, routers, computers, and smart home devices, providing internet access and network connectivity.
  • Audio-Visual Applications: They are also used in audio-visual systems for connecting sound and video equipment, particularly in professional settings like studios or conference rooms.
  • Industrial Applications: In industrial environments, these cords are used to connect sensors, machinery, and control systems, often in environments where durability and reliability are critical.
  • Security Systems: Patch cords are used in security system setups, connecting cameras, recorders, and control units in both residential and commercial security systems.

Types of the copper patch cord/copper patch lead

Copper patch cables come in various types, each designed to meet specific networking requirements. The most common types are based on the category of Ethernet cable they use, and they include:

  • Cat5e Patch Cables: These are enhanced versions of Cat5 cables and support speeds up to 1 Gbps (Gigabit per second) over distances up to 100 meters. They are commonly used in home and office networks.
  • Cat6 Patch Cables: Cat6 cables offer higher performance than Cat5e, supporting speeds up to 10 Gbps over distances of up to 55 meters. They have better shielding to reduce crosstalk and are suitable for networks with higher bandwidth requirements.
  • Cat6a Patch Cables: The ‘a’ stands for ‘augmented’ and these cables support speeds up to 10 Gbps like Cat6, but over longer distances (up to 100 meters). They have even better shielding and are used in networks that require high-speed data transfer over longer distances.
  • Cat7 Patch Cables: These offer even higher performance, supporting speeds up to 10 Gbps over 100 meters and frequencies up to 600 MHz. They are heavily shielded and are used in high-speed networks, especially in data centers and corporate settings.
  • Cat8 Patch Cables: The latest and most advanced Cat8 cables support bandwidths up to 2 GHz (2000 MHz) and speeds up to 25 Gbps or 40 Gbps over short distances (up to 30 meters). They are ideal for data centers and high-performance computing environments.
  • Crossover Cables: These are used for connecting two similar devices directly, such as two computers or two switches. They have a different wiring scheme which allows for this direct connection.
  • Shielded (STP) vs. Unshielded (UTP): Patch cables also come in shielded (STP) and unshielded (UTP) varieties. STP cables have additional shielding to protect against electromagnetic interference, making them suitable for environments with high EMI. 
  • The choice of a copper patch cable type depends on the specific needs of the network, including the required data transfer speed, the network’s bandwidth requirements, the length of the cable runs, and the environment in which the cables will be used.
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Selecting correct copper patch cord or patch cable or patch lead

Choosing the right copper patch cord for your network involves considering several key factors to ensure optimal performance and compatibility with your networking equipment. Here are the primary considerations:

  • Cable Category: Determine the required category (e.g., Cat5e, Cat6, Cat6a, Cat7, Cat8) based on your network’s speed and bandwidth needs. Higher categories support faster data transfer rates and greater bandwidth.
  • Shielding or Unshielding: Choose between shielded (FTP or S/FTP) and unshielded (UTP) patch cords. Shielded cords are preferable in environments with high electromagnetic interference (EMI), such as near heavy machinery or power lines.
Selecting correct copper patch cord or patch cable or patch lead​
  • Conductor: Confirm the conductor specification (conductor wire diameter, stranded or solid); confirm the conductor material, generally preferred oxygen-free annealed copper wire as the conductor.
Solid VS Stranded
  • Length: Select a length that is suitable for your setup. Avoid excessively long cables to minimize signal loss and potential tangling, but ensure the cable is long enough to connect devices comfortably.
  • Connector Type and quality: Match the appropriate connector type to the cable model. Select the plating thickness again according to the usage scenario. For details, refer to the Modular Plug/RJ connector description link: https://hello-signal.com/modular-plug/
  • Color: Consider different colors for easy identification, especially in environments with many cords. 
  • Label: Labeling can also aid in managing and maintaining the network.Need to confirm label design (content, size, color, material, label position, etc.)
  • Reputable manufacturers:  HANGZHOU ZION with good warranty and customer support. 
  • Certificates: Confirm what kind of certificate standard your market needs; different markets have different needs and prices. Typical certifications include UL-CM/CMR/CMP; ETL-CM/CMR/CMP; CPR;RoHS
  • Testing Standard: Fluke Channel Testing, Fluke Permanent Link Testing, Fluke Patch Cord Testing

Fluke Test Standard for Copper Ethernet cable & Copper Patch cable

Fluke Test types details – Channel, Permanent Link Testing, and Patch Cord

Fluke Channel Test

  • TIA and ISO standards define the channel of copper cabling as the complete end-to-end link over which active equipment on the network communicates. In a copper network, the channel is the connection between two devices, including any patch cords used for cross-connects or interconnects between them. In the LAN, the channel testing could be done from a distribution switch in a telecommunications room all the way to the network card in a laptop. Channel testing can be carried out with Ethernet patch cables, pre-terminated trunk cables and bulk cables. The overall length of the channel, including the cabling and any cords should not exceed 100 meters per industry standard guidelines. The requirements for cable performance in channel testing are less strict than that of the patch cord testing, thus network cables that pass the channel testing can not always pass the patch cord testing.
Fluke Channel Testing