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The Warren & Brown Technologies HypaConnect Integrated Cabling Solution (ICS) supports multiple applications over a single cabling network infrastructure. This allows for simplified network design, using common items and a standard cabling topology. This innovative approach simplifies network deployment and operations and reduces costs associated with installing and maintaining multiple cabling networks. The HypaConnect HY series ICS has been tested and designed to support many ICT applications, as well as PoE and PoE+.
Category 6 cable (Cat 6 cable) and connectors have become a basic requirement for new buildings in order to support Gigabit network applications and support bandwidths of up to 250MHz. CAT6 network is also beginning to replace CAT5E network in residential environments. Category 6A (CAT6A network) which supports data rates of 10G up to 100 metres and a bandwidth of up to 500MHz has begun to grow in popularity. Many Data Centres, hospitals and universities have adopted CAT 6A network as a new minimum requirement.
How do you decide on whether to install CAT 6 or CAT 6A?
Firstly, what current network applications are being utilised? What future applications do you see your organisation using? What growth to your network do you expect over the next five years in terms of data transmitted and the number of users? What is the expected life of the building? Will it be 5,10, 20 or even 25 years? Where are cabling standards heading? What is your budget or expected cost? What will the cost be, not just now, but the cost of re-installing a new network that can cope with future speeds?
In summary, there are many factors to consider when deciding on what cabling network to install. However, CAT 6A cabling network is a wise choice due to it’s ability to future proof against increased networking speeds. CAT6A is available in either a shielded or unshielded solution and each option has it’s own place. CAT6A is also backwards compatible with CAT6 and CAT5E due to the continued use of the RJ45 connector. CAT6A network is a cost-effective solution for current and emerging applications as it supports higher bandwidths and 10Gbps network speeds up to 100 metres.
In addition, CAT6A cabling infrastructure and structured cabling products can be used for applications other than voice and data, such as Building Automation, CCTV, Access Control and many others. Therefore, the potential to Integrate all of these applications on to a single cabling infrastructure provides another advantage.
If you would like to know more or would like assistance in designing or choosing the right cabling infrastructure, speak to the team at Warren and Brown as we will be glad to assist you in Driving Your Network Further!