We’re just hours away from 2016 – and before the New Year starts, we want to make a prediction: This upcoming year will be the year of “ubiquitous LAN.” The promise of what we’re calling “LAN 2.0” – the pervasiveness of LANs – means that enterprise IT systems will be using a common infrastructure, can be centrally managed and can be much more efficient.
In a recent blog post, we introduced the idea of the ubiquitous LAN bringing traditionally separate, standalone building systems together under one network. But we didn’t talk about cabling requirements as part of the LAN. The LAN’s underlying structured cabling infrastructure is just as vital as its Ethernet network, so here’s what you should know about LAN cabling.
The idea of bringing voice, data, wireless, AV, security and building management systems together on one network sounds great: it’s more efficient, offers consolidated management and it’s cost effective. But achieving a LAN 2.0 environment isn’t possible without the proper cabling infrastructure to support it.
Data rates continue to climb, with file transfers involving high-definition streaming video, 4K content and high-resolution graphics. More devices connect to the network every day: wireless access points, IP surveillance cameras, digital signage, display screens, medical imaging equipment, etc.
Belden offers complete cabling solutions to support the mission-critical needs of local area networks and their emerging application demands. To learn more about our predictions for the ubiquitous LAN, call 800.BELDEN.1 or visit www.belden.com.
Throughout his career Stephane has worked in the telecommunications industry; in R&D, product management, training and marketing. Since 2014, Stephane as Director Technology and Applications is focusing on technology roadmap and ideation, networking applications and trends, and standards engagement.