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We are in the process of evaluating our cabling infrastructure on campus and would like to see if we could get some feedback via the following survey.  I will share the results as soon as we have some significant results. 

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ASUCABLING

 

Thanks!

 

Chris Steele
Technical Services Analyst, Information Technology

Angelo State University

Member, Texas Tech University System

ASU Station #11020

San Angelo, TX 76909-1021

Phone: (325) 486-6204   csteele@angelo.edu

 

 

 

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Here is the link to the Survey Monkey Responses (31 so far) + see the response below. 

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/sr.aspx?sm=DjRML9Zmd9pmTCBzRv09LTe09hNQi7P5tOX2NFFo_2b4I_3d

 

 

This seems to be based on a common misconception about category 6 cable.

 

The key question is what speed you are trying to support to the desktop.  If your goal is gigabit Ethernet, then category 5e is the right choice.  If your goal is 10 gigabit Ethernet, then you must do Augmented Category 6 (sometimes called Category 6A).

 

Category 6 is an industry scam that has been sold to the community to pry more money out of users pockets.  Unfortunately, BICSI is an industry-based group, so BICSI recommends category 6 and all BICSI certified designers base their designs on category 6 cable, but if you understand what the issues are, you realize that there is no point in using category 6 as a cable standard.

 

It is true that category 6 can support 10 gigabit, but only for 57 meters, so unless this is cabling in a data center or in some limited scope, if you want 10 gigabit support, you need category 6A.

 

 

Chris Steele
Technical Services Analyst, Information Technology

Angelo State University

Member, Texas Tech University System

ASU Station #11020

San Angelo, TX 76909-1021

Phone: (325) 486-6204  

csteele@angelo.edu

 

 

 

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