What is the Impact of NBase-T on Wireless Networks?

Bob Matthews--compressed Bob Matthews January 29, 2016

2016_Winter_BICSI_Bob_MathewsWireless networking has evolved over time. The improved performance of Wi-Fi has resulted in the “bring your own device” (BYOD) explosion for business enterprises. Network managers must assess what this increased wireless demand will do to their wired infrastructure. Can they support higher data rates on aging infrastructure?

The vast majority of installed structured cabling is Category 5/5e and Category 6 with 10/100 and 1G Base-T switches. NBase-T includes new switching technology with intermediate switch speeds (2.5G and 5G) designed to operate on existing cabling infrastructure. The immediate impact to IT managers will be the deferral of potentially costly cabling upgrades as they move their wireless networks forward.

So if you are thinking about upgrading your local area network (LAN), you should ask the following questions:

  • Should I upgrade my wireless network to the latest 802.11ac offering?
  • How will it impact my wireline infrastructure (passive and active)?
  • Will I need to replace my copper infrastructure with Category 6A cabling to support wireless technology advancements?

If you plan on attending next week’s 2016 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida, I invite you sit in on my presentation The Impact of NBase-T on Wi-Fi Deployments. It takes place on Wednesday, February 3 at 9 a.m. EST.

Join me to learn more about the latest wireless offerings for your existing physical infrastructure. I will answer the questions above and many others from the audience.

About the Author

Bob Matthews--compressed

Bob Matthews

Bob Matthews joined CommScope Solutions in February 2010 as a Technical Manager supporting Wireless, Infrastructure and Intelligent systems. Bob has an education in Electronics (Telecom) and Management studies and several years of experience working in the telecom field working on Wireless (including InBuilding and Microwave), Wireline and Infrastructure projects throughout his career. Prior to joining CommScope, Bob worked for ADC Telecom as Sr. Systems Project Engineer supporting Wireless, Wireline and Infrastructure projects, Bell Canada as a Systems Engineer supporting Active networks (LANs/WANS) and for CMQ communications providing network design and installation/commissioning.