Ethernet cables vary in durability, flexibility, signal capabilities, and manufacturing costs. **Solid UTP Category Ethernet Cables** * Uses solid insulated bare copper conductors. * Used in permanent and semi-permanent installations. * Designed for long distance horizontal and backbone cable runs, [Power over Ethernet (PoE)](/), and HD applications. * Should not be over-flexed, bent, or twisted beyond the cable recommended specifications. * Cost effective. **Standard UTP Category Ethernet Cables** * Uses multiple strands of insulated bare copper conductors. * Used for patch cords / cables connecting workstations (e.g., From wall-plate outlet to patch panel, and from patch panels to individual workstations.) * Designed for short distances. * Higher attenuation than solid category cables. * More flexible than solid conductors. * Costly to manufacture. Ethernet Cable Categories