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Multi-gigabit Ethernet Week in Review: NBASE-T, Transition Networks, Comcast & More

May 06, 2017

The challenges of today’s competitive business landscape are difficult enough without the proper network components in place. Network modernization is not an option, as we live in a multi-gigabit world, which requires the performance of multi-gigabit Ethernet to drive business operations. And with the weekend upon us, there’s no better time than the present to take a look at the week that was in multi-gigabit Ethernet: Time for the Week in Review!

NBASE-T led the news this week, as utilizing the IEEE 802.3z standard allows for enterprises to make the most of copper cabling. It enables Power over Ethernet (PoE), which provides the ability to clear bottlenecks and create Wi-Fi roaming capabilities for distributed offices and campuses – powering access points through a single connection. There are reasons why NBASE-T solutions are building momentum, and TMC’s Laura Stotler takes you through them HERE.  

Stotler didn’t stop there, as later in the week she delved into the topic of upgrading enterprise LAN to NBASE-T. Put simply, NBASE-T offers an alternative to ripping out infrastructure and rebuilding the network to accommodate 10GbE. The first step is installing a switch with NBASE-T ports and NBASE-T LAN adapters to take a firm’s CAT5e and CAT6 cabling to multi-gigabit levels of Ethernet. Complete insight and analysis is HERE.

This week, Transition Networks introduced a new family of PoE+ media converters, developed to support Wi-Fi access points over fiber, supporting small workgroups and connecting multiple remote system to a fiber switch connection. “These products are really the templates for next-generation media converters that need to excel at physical layer PoE+ connectivity but also have some network intelligence – like Layer 2 switching – for added convenience and flexibility,” said Curt Carlson, product manager with Transition Networks, which sells an array of data network integration products. TMC’s Paula Bernier has all the details HERE.

The Mile High is humming with upgraded Ethernet connectivity thanks to Comcast. Stretching along the I-70 corridor, and supporting more than 750 businesses in the area, the service touts up to 10Gbps and a number of services available in addition to multi-gigabit Ethernet. TMC’s Steve Anderson offers complete coverage HERE.

Remember to stop by early and often for all things multi-gigabit Ethernet. See you next week!

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