10 Gigabit Ethernet in Office Cabling
What is happening
The time has come for using 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GBASE-T) in structured office and building cabling. Sophisticated technologies, such as the latest WLAN-Standard IEEE 802.11ac and the virtualization trend, require greater bandwidth to the workplace. The market offers fully developed cabling solutions, such as Cat. 6A, which are already in use in data centers and are perfect for 10 Gigabit/s networks in offices and buildings.
Good to know
There are various aspects to be considered in planning a new LAN installation: In comparison to earlier transmission technologies, 10GBASE-T does have the advantage of speed. But it is sensitive to interference. 10GBASE-T reacts around one hundred times more sensitively than 1000BASE-T. And this is bringing a number of changes to the rules of installation. For more details on the technical background, such as Transverse Conversion Loss (TCL), take a look at the Trend report in CONNECTIONS no. 48.
R&M is a pioneer in investigating critical effects such as TCL and a leader in the development of 10GBASE-T-capable cabling solutions. The Cat. 6A systems from R&M fulfill extended quality requirements. They offer large reserves to protect against electromagnetic influences.
But adhering to standards alone is not sufficient to guarantee 10-Gigabit functionality in adverse conditions. Planners and users should opt for solutions with reserves. R&M provides them as protected (STP) or unprotected (UTP) versions with the unique WARP technology.
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