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What type of fiber is needed for 10Gb?
Knowledge Base + 2023.12.08

For 10Gb speeds, multi-mode fiber (MMF) with OM3 or OM4 specifications, or single-mode fiber (SMF) is typically used. Both MMF and SMF can support 10Gb speeds, but the choice between the two depends on the specific requirements of the network and the distance of the transmission.

Check the below chart to get a full understanding of the specifications and typical applications of Cat6 vs Cat6a vs Cat7.

Specifications Frequency 250MHz 500MHz 600MHz
Data Transmission 1000 BASE-T and Maximum to 10GBase-T 10GBASE-T Exceeds 10GBASE-T
Connector Type RJ45 (for Cat6) RJ45 (for Cat6a) GG45
Shielding UTP or STP UTP or STP Shielded ONLY
Common Usages Phone Lines × ×
Home Network × ×
Enterprise Network ×
Data Center ×