High-speed data transmission is its USP and Cat5e patch cable meets the cabling requirements of most of the Ethernet environments. One of the key reasons behind the usability of this enhanced version of the CAT5 cable is that it has a fair run length 100 meter which is enough for cabling in a small and medium-size Ethernet environment. Though in the recent years, CAT6 and CAT6e patch cable has been developed to offer run length of 550 meters and 1000 meters respectively, these products are not compatible with most of the network devices a sophisticated network uses. These are vendor-specific and you need install only those software and hardware products which are fine with them.
This unsuitability of latest category cables has occasioned such wide use of Cat5e patch cable and it is universally accepted. Moreover, CAT5e patch cables are available in both the unshielded twisted pair and shielded twisted pair configurations. Though it is true that the unshielded category of patch cables are comparatively more frequent, certain specific network applications demand the shielded variety because the later is greatly helpful in warding off transmission disturbances caused by Electro-Magnetic Interference (EMI). Patch cables are available in the stranded and solid variety too. In the former, the main cable consists of a cluster of thin cables in a metallic jacket while in the later, the eight wires inside the cover are solid copper wires. However, in both of these categories, the wires are coupled to make four pairs. Despite the fact that both of them offer seamless connection to Internet, the stranded cable has a greater degree of usability for its interference and noise-canceling capability. The stranded variety is preferred to the solid category also because in the process of unplugging, it involves lesser amount of risk. Crossover cable also operates as Ethernet patch cable and can connect two PCs together. While such an array of network patch cables is available in the market, you must consult a network engineer to understand which will suit your Ethernet network the most.