Category 6 cables are the standard for Gigabit Ethernet and other network protocols and are backward compatible with the Category 5/5e and Category 3 cable standards. Compared with Cat-5 and Cat-5e, Cat-6 features more stringent specifications for crosstalk and system noise. The cable standard provides a minimum performance of up to 250 MHz and is suitable for 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX (Fast Ethernet), 1000BASE-T / 1000BASE-TX (Gigabit Ethernet) and 10GBASE-T (10-Gigabit Ethernet).Upgrades any Cat 5 channel for supporting. Upgrades any Cat 5 channel for supporting 100 Megabit and Gigabit Ethernet. High quality molded design. Great for patch bays and jack fields where longer cables would otherwise create a rat's nest.