LAN Cabling: Going Beyond Standards to Improve Capacity

Cabling standards exist for a purpose – it assists you get the most out of your networks. Many cabling solutions are designed to execute beyond what the standards specify.

When standards for performance are set by groups like the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO/IEC) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), why go beyond what they advise? Because cable performance which moves beyond standards can lead to a more reliable LAN connection for enterprises.

Bandwidth and Information Capacity

The standards spell out specifications for insertion loss and background noise levels (return loss, near-end crosstalk [NEXT], etc.). If the cable stays within the recommended parameters, the cabling system will function as intended in terms of signal to noise ratio, or information capacity.  For cabling, this is referred to as bandwidth.

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