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Definition

A new standard for network cabling. It is similar to Cat 5e and Cat 6 cabling, but can handle up to 10 gigabit Ethernet at 600 MHz.

Things you need to know

Individual wire pairs have shielding, which makes them even better than Cat 6 at reducing crosstalk/system noise. They are backward compatible with Cat 5/5e and Cat 6.

Also known as

Class F Cabling

Cost Considerations

These cables are fast and future-proof, but also more expensive. Consider what speeds are necessary for the network before paying extra for capacity that may never be needed. Cat 7 cable costs about $0.98 per linear foot.

Costs vary greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.