IP convergence is upon us, and it is continually evolving

Voice and data began using the same structured cabling system around the early 2000’s. Since then, each office or cubicle typically has had one or more four-drop outlets installed to connect and power all necessary devices.

Technology has evolved, and because so many of devices are wireless, most of today’s workstations now have only two-drop outlets. And in many installations, the VoIP phone is plugged into the wall, then daisy chained to the docking station via a patch cord, serving as the connection for both devices.

Despite fewer drops, IP convergence is upon us, and the structured cabling system is tasked as the vehicle to connect applications to the network – from voice to data to video to power.  
From 2016 to 2021, business internet traffic will is expected to grow by 20% every year.

So what’s next for workstations? The evolution will continue, transitioning more and more to wireless. But since IP devices need power to operate or charge, there will continue to be a need for at least one drop to a wall outlet in each office to support power over Ethernet (PoE). As buildings get smarter, and more devices are connected and powered via the network, it will be critically important to have high quality structured cabling solutions to support future generations of IP devices.

Converged Application Score

To accommodate this convergence and bandwidth expansion, you need cabling that offers the ideal balance between delivering data AND power. This requires a new way of testing and evaluating cabling performance. Berk-Tek’s Converged Applications (CA) score defines how the cabling network’s performance will affect the user’s experience. Using realistic test scenarios, it measures how network infrastructure will perform against future demand and converging applications. Learn more about the CA Score.

Recommended Solutions

To prepare for future workstation demands, Berk-Tek recommends the following cabling solutions:
 
LANmark-1000: Designed for IP convergence
  • Enhanced Cat 6 cable ideal for Gigabit Ethernet network applications up to 2.5Gbps (802.3bz).*
  • Specially designed with proprietary insulating compounds to protect IP traffic from the effects of heat from PoE.
  • CA Score of 7.3, and offers 5dB of headroom over the Cat 6 standard.
  • TEK-Twist technology provides unsurpassed noise protection and optimized converged application performance
 
LANmark-2000: The premium Cat 6 solution
  • The industry’s highest performing Cat 6 cable for Gigabit Ethernet network applications, recommended for up to 5.0 Gbps applications (802.3bz).*
  • Specially designed with proprietary insulating compounds to protect IP traffic from the effects of heat from PoE.
  • CA Score of 8.0 and offers 10dB of headroom over the Cat 6 standard.
  • TEK-Twist technology provides unsurpassed noise protection and optimized converged application performance.**
 
LANmark-6: A cost-effective Cat 6 solution
  • Small diameter cables mean better fill ratios in conduit or tray and allow for easy access at patch panels.
  • No center spline means fewer steps, less jobsite debris and faster installation.
  • Superior, compact box design eliminates kinking.
  • 2 dB performance margin on critical NEXT, PSNEXT, ACR & PSACR characteristics increase installed system performance.

 

* Performance for 802.3bz applications (2.5Gbps and 5.0Gbps) cannot be guaranteed to 100 meters.  Performance of 802.3bz is largely dependent on operating environment.

** Contact Berk-Tek Product Management or Tek Support for details.