The Cabling “Cat” Is Out of the Bag

When it comes to your wireless network, you want speed. At minimal cost. You don’t know (or care) about the details of the cabling that make it hum – you just want results. To ensure your network is up to par, here’s what you need to know.

Your current cabling may be outdated.
Your wired computer and phone systems rely on Ethernet cables. Over time, cabling becomes much slower than newer options. The issue is bandwidth – the amount of data carried per second. Did you know that bandwidth requirements for computer applications and cloud-based software double every 18 months? If you’ve had your cabling in place for a while, chances are it’s Category5 (Cat5), which is no longer current.

Cat6 cabling keeps you up to speed.
The newest and fastest cabling available is Cat6 – which supports up to 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE). The technology in your office needs Cat6 to perform at optimal levels. About 80-90% of cabling installed today is Cat6.

Upgrading is a wise investment.
You might ask, “Is more speed worth the cost?” The answer is “yes”! While Cat6 cabling is more expensive, it typically costs just 10-20% more than Cat5. With noticeably quicker speeds, and the capacity to accommodate today’s data requirements, Cat6 is a worthy investment. In addition, Cat6 can work “backwards,” so applications that work with Cat5 are also compatible with Cat6.

To “future-proof” your network with Cat6 cabling, call ARG Communications at (302) 225-2000 or email ContactUs@WhyARG.com.

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