10 G Base-T can work with CAT 6 cabling infrastructure

01/06/2012


Businesses can get away with using their currently installed CAT 6 cable infrastructure while making the transition to 10 G Base-T Ethernet architectures, but only within specific distance limitations, Cabling Installation & Maintenance reported.

Citing an informational release from a structured cabling company, the news source explained that CAT 6A cable systems are widely considered the ideal copper-based solution for 10 G Base-T. However, many businesses have standard CAT 6 wiring already in place, making the transition to CAT 6A cost-prohibitive. However, TIA's TSB-155-A standard clearly establishes that 10 G Base-T can work in conjunction with traditional CAT 6 cables.

The standard explains that within distances up to 37 meters, organizations should have little trouble working with CAT 6 infrastructure. From 37 to 55 meters, the effectiveness of standard CAT 6 wiring will depend on alien crosstalk conditions. Anything above this point, really should be mitigated with CAT 6A cords.

Furthermore, the informational release said organizations should use CAT 6A in all new installations meant to support 10 G Base-T.

Upgrading cabling infrastructure to support more advanced network equipment could become more common moving forward, as many experts agree adoption of high-performance Ethernet will rise in the near future.




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