Ethernet Cables and Connectors for Industrial Environments White Paper

Ethernet products were initially designed for the office environment, but over time, Ethernet networks have become more widely accepted as the preferred protocol in the industrial environment. Although the performance criteria for Category 5e and Category 6 products are the same for both environments, the requirements to protect the products from the environmental conditions can be very different.


  • Introduction
  • Industrial vs. office environment
  • Industrial network design challenges
  • Anixter's Levels for Industrial Environments
  • Definition of Levels
  • Ethernet cables and connectors
  • Conclusion