etherCON CAT.6a Network Cable
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Rugged etherCON CAT.6a Cable


Rugged CAT cable for professional AV networking

Sommer Cable Germany is a highly reputable European manufacturer of professional cables known for high quality and innovation to meet the most challenging requirements. One such innovation is SC-Mercator CAT.7 cable which is one of the best network cables available today. It is specifically designed to transport network signals in the most demanding mobile and outdoor applications.

A tough and customisable CAT.6a network cable

The engineers at Sommer have set a new benchmark in rugged CAT cable with the SC-Mercator CAT.7 cable. Other than being future-proof to meet all CAT.5e, CAT.6, CAT.6a and CAT.7 transmissions the cable boasts the following benefits;

  • An extremely rugged (Polyurethane) PUR outer jacket that is flame-retardant, notch and tread-resistant, cold-flexible and easy to reel. Typical CAT cables marketed as rugged are made of inferior PVC or Polyethylene outer jackets.
  • A small diameter of 6.5mm makes it discrete, compact and light compared to typical offerings with diameters of 7.5mm and greater.
  • SFTP with a tinned copper braided shield providing 100% coverage ensures excellent signal transmission and phantom power capability with our CATLink systems.

Do not risk your production and your reputation on cheap CAT cable

Good quality, shielded CAT cable is often overlooked and seen as an unnecessary expense in professional AV applications due to the proliferation of cheap RJ45 CAT cable out of the IT world. The CAT cable connecting your front of house gear to your stage equipment is one of the most critical components of your system. A failure here because of a poor cable not built for harsh environments and the whole show goes down potentially taking your reputation with it.

To put this into perspective high end digital mixing consoles and loudspeaker systems can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, why connect the two with the cheapest cable you can find using connectors that cost about 25c? Using a car analogy, you would not buy a Ferrari and try save a few dollars by putting the cheapest tyres on it. The same mind set should apply when choosing a network cable for your most critical systems.

Professional CAT cables built to last

At Cablesmiths we make each of these CAT cables with industry standard CAT.6a etherCON connectors to the highest standard to ensure a long life of reliable performance. Custom options such as black etherCONs, cable length, ring ID colours and heatshrink logos are available on request.

For longer lengths we recommend the cable be put on a cable drum to make it easier to manage in the field. See our CAT.6a cable drums here.


  • Production company clients should contact us at to discuss custom requirements, commercial quotes and discounts.
  • Does not intermate with the CAT6 chassis connectors NE8FDY-C6 and NE8FDY-C6-B.


Product Specifications


Cable Properties CAT.7 SFTP
Cable Properties Digital 110 Ω AES / EBU
Outer Jacket Material PUR
Connectors CAT.6a Neutrik etherCON, CAT.6a Telegartner MFP8 - Available on request
Pinout  TIA / EIA 568-B
Cable Diameter (mm) 6.5
Available Colours Black
Shield Type Tinned Copper Braid
Shielding Factor (%) 100
Application Environments Mobile / Outdoor
Cable Drum Schill - Available on request
Recommended Applications Snake for digital consoles and stage racks, AV networking