Main Difference Between Cat6 PVC vs Cat6 Riser

Is a Cat6 Riser cable a better option than a Cat6 PVC cable? Which of these two cables is more suitable for your network? What distinguishes one of them from the other? If you’re currently spamming Google with similar searches, you can pause right here because we’ve got your back. This article is a comprehensive comparison of Cat6 PVC vs. Cat6 Riser.

Novices, and even some professionals, are unaware of the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) and fail to consider that their cable must comply with specific standards such as the National Electrical Code or NFPA 70. Thus, it brings us to our first feature, which separates two cables.

Safety Requirement

Cat6 Riser cable outperforms Cat6 PVC cables in terms of safety standards. The Cat6 Riser is certified by Underwriter Laboratories (UL), one of the most stringent standards in the industry. UL1666 is the standard.

Cat6 PVC certification by Underwriter Laboratories is more linear than Cat6 Riser certification.

Compared to PVC cables, the riser cables’ increased demand is due to these higher safety standards. You can substitute a riser cable for the PVC cable. On the other hand, PVC cables are not permitted to be used in enclosed spaces such as riser and plenum spaces.

Cable Jacket Material for Cat6 PVC vs. Cat6 Riser

Cat6 PVC employs low-cost jacket materials. However, when this material catches fire, it produces dense smoke, hazardous chemicals, and highly polluted gas particles.

Cat6 1000ft riser cables have a superior jacket material to PVC cables. In addition, it is designed in such a way that its jacket material provides adequate protection from UV and sunlight, making riser cables suitable for both indoor and outdoor installations.


PVC cables are designed for outdoor use. However, because their jacket material is not as refined as that of riser cable, they cannot be used indoors.

On the other hand, riser cables are designed to be used in riser spaces because they are fire-resistant and, in the event of a building fire, they halt the fire’s progression.

As a result, you can use riser cables in outdoor areas in place of PVC cables. On the other hand, PVC cables are unsuitable for use as riser cables.

Speeds & Bandwidths of Data Transfer

When it comes to data transfer speed, the Cat6 family’s riser and PVC variants are identical. These cables have a maximum data transfer rate of 10Gbps over a distance of 55 meters and a maximum data transfer rate of 1Gbps over 100 meters.

These cables have a bandwidth capacity of 550MHz.

These cables can be installed at temperatures ranging from 0 to 60 degrees Celsius.

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