What is CAT 7 and why use it?

CAT 7 in loxone system

Integration of smart technology seems to require a complex network of cables, new components and a knowledgeable figure who pieces it all together. However, out of those three items, the most commonly overlooked, is potentially the most important. Our focus is always on the end component because that is what we will use and see but it would not work if the incorrect cabling was working behind the scene's. That is why we use CAT 7 cabling for all our installations.

CAT7 comparison

CAT 7 stands for Category 7, but what is the difference between its predecessors CAT 5, CAT 6 & CAT 7 Ethernet cabling? 


Firstly used for computer Ethernet networks, CAT 5 providing performances up to 100 MHz without any shielding relying just on its balanced line twisted pair design and different signalling thus why this CAT 5 cable was deprecated since 2001.


The CAT 6 features more rigorous specifications for crosstalk and system noise, providing performances to up to 250 MHz.


CAT 7 cable is a Gigabit Ethernet cable, used within the substructure of your smart home and connects to the sensor points that control your temperature, motion & audio etc. The cabling offers a high performance of up to 600 MHz with a special double shielding for its twisted pairs making it more durable and sturdy than the prior versions making the CAT 7 a more reliable and faster option. 

Cat7 cable differs from the other two, by its twisted pairs covered in a much stronger shielding for their protection. It also has increased durability and improved resistance to provide the best connection whilst keeping the basic functions you already know and expect.

Even though CAT 7 cable is more expensive than its counterparts, it is much more durable and has a much greater lifespan, justifying its application. The cabling also has suitability to be integrated as a future proofing solution.

That's why every wired project Home Automate complete uses CAT 7 cabling.

CAT7 comparison

Here are a few recommendations we can give about using CAT 7. 

  • Most smart products, including Loxone test all their products using CAT 7 assuring that it is suitable for your Smart Home.
  • Utilising CAT 7 cabling over CAT 6 and CAT 5 offers more resistance and efficiency thanks to its cross sections compared to its counterparts revested with not just copper but double shielding making it more powerful, resistant, sturdy and energy saving for you and your Smart Home. 

Each smart home has the ability to future proof and install components with a long use period. Perfectly collaborated with CAT 7 which has a long lifespan and high efficiency. Making CAT 7 the ideal investment for your Smart Home for now and for any future plans. 

CAT 7 is a great tool for your smart home considering long-term savings through longevity. This occurs as a result of featuring thanks to the strong shielding making it more durable and a better option for the construction and expansion of your families smart home.

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To learn more about CAT 7 and how to install it at home contact Home Automate your Smart Home Guide.

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