When we think of the Internet of Things (IoT), we often imagine a kind of formless conglomeration of "things" that are connected to and communicating with each other via some invisible network. It is wireless. It is ethereal. It is all in the air. But what we often forget to consider are the bundles of cabling infrastructure that enable the IoT, from telco rooms in enterprise spaces to huge data centers that handle the data traffic of thousands of telco rooms - all of it working together to support the billions of devices in the IoT.
One way in which many of these devices connect to the IoT - and perhaps one reason the IoT is seemingly wireless - is through Wireless Access Points (WAPs), which, despite their name, rely heavily on cabling infrastructure. WAPs are a common staple in the enterprise space and an integral component of most business operations, allowing PCs, smartphones and other intelligent devices throughout an environment to connect to a shared LAN. And because of this, the power and data throughput requirements of the cabling infrastructure can be high - up to 90 Watts of power, in some cases, while also supporting 10 Gigabit Ethernet. With so many devices, and consequently, so much cabling infrastructure, these environments can become quite noisy. And as this white paper shows, alien crosstalk (AXT) noise can severely limit the overall performance of a CAT 6A cabling system.
For these reasons, selecting the right cable to support your wireless application is critical. Superior Essex has created a full portfolio of CAT 6 and CAT 6A cable products that are designed for high-performance applications in the IoT, such as enabling WAPs throughout an enterprise space. From 10Gain and 10Gain XP series CAT 6A cables with industry-leading AXT headroom, to Low Smoke Halogen Free CAT 6 cables for the materially-conscious environment, Superior Essex has the CAT 6 and CAT 6A cables for every installation. Superior Essex Category cables are manufactured in a Zero Waste to Landfill facility in Hoisington, KS, and are covered by Health Product Declarations and Environmental Product Declarations as well, which allow them to contribute toward credits in LEED certification.
So the next time you think of the IoT is all of its airiness, think CAT 6 cabling. And when you think of CAT 6 cabling, think Superior Essex.