New Ethernet Standards To Give 5Gbps Over Pre-owned Cables
For around 13 years, gigabit has been the Ethernet Standard but no more. New Ethernet Standards have been introduced by IEEE 802.3bz task force and this will make things a lot better. If you ask me, it is about time we had some improvements when it comes to ethernet.
One of the reasons why we have stuck with gigabit Ethernet is because most people do not use the Internet as much and the connections that we have at home meet our requirement. Business networks is another story but when it comes to domestic use, it did get the job done. But now, slowly but surely this is changing. People are slowly realizing that they now need better Internet and hence the new Ethernet Standards.
The two new Ethernet Standards that have been introduced by IEEE are 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T. In theory, these should meet our increasing needs for now and some time in the foreseeable future. These new standards use 10GbE signaling and can work with existing Cat5e and Cat6 cable out to 100 meters. Both of these are going to be easier and cheaper to bring to market as compared to 10GbE technologies.
Things can be more complicated than what they seem as plenty of houses and small offices in America have not even moved to gigabit Ethernet yet and in order for them to take advantage of these new Ethernet Standards, they will have to get some hardware. But this will be a good news for people that have already made the change and have the requirements in place already. Low-end routers may sometimes not have this feature either so you will have to see what you have installed and met the specifications.
I think that this is a great step in the right direction. What do you think about these new Ethernet Standards?