The Most Reliable Networks Require Category 6A Cable


What Is This White Paper About?

What began as a single network to support voice and data has expanded into a network that still supports these systems, but also wireless access points, access control systems, video surveillance, digital signage, LED lighting, nurse call systems and much more.

Many of these systems call for longer reach (the devices will be up to 100 m away from a switch), higher Power over Ethernet (PoE) levels of up to 100W and 100% uptime and connectivity for data collection and sharing.
This means that your layer 0 (cabling and connectivity infrastructure) must be able to manage multiple systems that all require more bandwidth and less latency.

In the past, Category 6A cabling systems could be thought of as “nice to have” – not a necessity to doing business. But times are changing. There are many factors impacting the type of cable that should be used today to build a network infrastructure.

Topics covered in the White Paper:

  • Overview
  • Factors Driving the Need for Category 6A Cabling
  • What Has Changed About Category 6A?
  • How to Choose the Right Category 6A Cable
  • Category 6A Cables Offering Full Reach and Power Delivery
  • The Skinny on 28 AWG Patch Cords
  • Belden’s 10GXW: The Industry’s Smallest-Diameter Category 6A Cable

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Ron Tellas

Technology and Applications Manager for LAN

Ron is the Technology and Applications Manager for LAN at Belden.  He represents Belden in the ISO WG3 committee and TIA TR42 Premises Cabling Standards and serves as the editor of the revision to TIA TSB-184; Guidelines for Supporting Power Delivery Over Balanced Twisted-Pair Cabling.  Ron has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, and a Master of Business Administration from Purdue University.

For more than 100 years, customers who have required unsurpassed performance and durability for signal transmission have counted on the Belden brand. In the 20th century, that trust was built on high-performance wire and cable products.

Today, Belden designs, manufactures and sells a comprehensive portfolio of cable, connectivity and networking products for the transmission of signals for data, sound and video applications.

Ron Tellas

Technology and Applications Manager for LAN

Ron is the Technology and Applications Manager for LAN at Belden.  He represents Belden in the ISO WG3 committee and TIA TR42 Premises Cabling Standards and serves as the editor of the revision to TIA TSB-184; Guidelines for Supporting Power Delivery Over Balanced Twisted-Pair Cabling.  Ron has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, and a Master of Business Administration from Purdue University.

For more than 100 years, customers who have required unsurpassed performance and durability for signal transmission have counted on the Belden brand. In the 20th century, that trust was built on high-performance wire and cable products.

Today, Belden designs, manufactures and sells a comprehensive portfolio of cable, connectivity and networking products for the transmission of signals for data, sound and video applications.