Most open-market Cat 6 and Cat 6a patch cords fail

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Quabbin Wire recently evaluated the electrical performance of 56 different Cat 6 and 6a patch cords from various sources on the open market. Upon examination, Quabbin found that 60% of the cords failed to meet TIA’s critical performance requirements. Our 2003 study of Cat 5e and Cat 6 patch cords, “Most Patch Cords Fail Testing,” proved that 70% of the patch cords failed to meet return loss and/or crosstalk specifications. These market surveys clearly demonstrate the importance of specifying high quality components in the assembly.