Can Cable take the strain?

Tyler, Geoff
March 2002
Management Services;Mar2002, Vol. 46 Issue 3, p26
Academic Journal
The success of broadband for external communications and multi-gigabit Ethernet for the local area networks (LAN) depends on the quality of cables used. In Great Britain, the CAT 5 cable which has been in use since the early 1990s, has become obsolete for some LAN connections. For some LAN needing 1 gigabyte-per-second speeds, enhanced CAT 5 or CAT 5e cables have been used. The CAT 6 standard, requiring the cable to run at 200 megahertz, is still in draft form. Telecommunication engineers, therefore, recommend the adoption of CAT 5e as a minimum and the selection of systems suppliers who are following available draft of the CAT 6 Standard as the preferred solution. CAT 7 cables are being manufactured, but standard specifications are still being discussed among cable makers.


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