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Various Uses of Copper Products

Copper has been used in wiring due to its low resistance and excellent conductivity for a very long time.The metal is both ductile and relatively resistant to corrosion, but also has different properties which makes it useful for various applications. Many network cables are manufactured with copper and come with either solid or stranded wires. Solid cables are fabricated with a single, solid strand of copper per conductor.

The requirement for higher bandwidth is increasing with the expansion of data centers. Fiber cables may occupy a larger share in data centers due to its advantages of fast transmission speed and great bandwidth especially for backbone applications but the costs of fiber to the desk system, fiber cable application environment, and maintenance are much higher than copper. Therefore, copper cables are widely used in many applications like sensor networks, horizontal cabling, PoE technology, LED-based power systems, to name a few.

Copper can be used in cables, outlets, panels, patch cords, installation and testing tools such as FTP Termination tool, PoE Tester, etc. Copper patch cord allows data transmission as well as electrical power supply. It can be used for Power over Ethernet (PoE) applications such as horizontal network transmission for voice transmission and in-building networks, and device end. Besides, network cable still keeps making progress. With the advent of 25G and 40G patch cable standards (25G/40Gbase-T), copper cable is able to support a bandwidth of up to 2GHz.This will facilitate the development of 28AWG slim patch cable in high-density data center applications. TIA-568.2-D standard also has approved MPTL (Modular Plug Terminated Link), which is used particularly for high-performance cabling infrastructures using patch cables like Cat6A for wireless access points, CCTV cameras, etc. The MPTL enables the cable to be plugged directly into a device. This will promote the growth of patch cables. Therefore, the copper cable will still be an indispensable part of the data center.

3C3 has a variety of copper solutions in different categories such as Cat8, Cat7, Cat6A, Cat6 and Cat5e. To learn more about each product, visit All of 3C3’s products are maximum throughput, reliability and performance, covered under 3C3 performance warranty, strain relief and cable management, fast and reliable installation of unshielded cables.

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