Recently I have seen a re-emergence of “less than” quality of copper cabling for structured cabling solutions. When following up to see how my quotes were progressing I was being told that we were considerably higher than our competition. While we’re not always the “less expensive” solution we are for the most part pretty competitive. After asking for a few more details these potential customers that found “way less expensive” solutions were using CCA or Copper Clad Aluminum cabling. Not apples to apples.
TIA TR-42 Telecommunications Cabling Systems Engineering Committee approved the ANSI/TIA-568-C.2-1 specifications for Cat8 cabling systems. We will have 25 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet standards for backbone systems within the data center. The new standard is a big jump in supporting rapidly evolving networks like rack-level interconnects or in leaf-spine topologies.
Snapshot of CAT8 Cabling Specifications
- Frequency: 2000MHz
- Maximum Data Rate: 25GBase-T, 40GBase-T
- Distance: 30 meters
- Cable Construction: Shielded
- Connector Type: Class I: RJ45, Class II: Non-RJ45
In its simplest form a distributed antenna system (DAS) is a way to deal with poor coverage inside a large building by installing a network of antennas throughout the building to serve as repeaters. Why is this important to you?
You are probably already familiar with LED (light emitting diode) lighting. From flashlights to streetlights, the energy-efficient and long-lasting LED lighting is steadily replacing older lighting technology.