What is Cat 3 Cable?
A Category 3 cable (Cat 3 cable) is a type of UTP (Unshielded Twisted Pair) cable that is used for voice and data communication in computer and telecommunications networks. It is an Ethernet copper cable that is defined by the Electronics Industry Alliance (EIA) and the Telecommunication Industry Association (TIA).
A Cat-3 cable is also known as a station wire.
The Cat-3 cable, developed in 1990, was one of the most popular data communication cables up until 2000. It is used on 10Base-T and Token-Ring networks, from which it can transfer data at a speed of 10 Mbps. When implemented on 100BaseT networks, a Cat 3 cable can transmit data at speeds much faster than its base speed.
The Cat 3 cable offers good voice communication performance as it offers 16 MHz bandwidth, which is more than enough for phone calls. It is also popular in network environments where electromagnetic interference is minimal.