Most people associate the term “Ethernet cable” with home-based networks. However, many businesses typically use Ethernet cables for their own local area networks (LANs). Even with the wireless revolution in full swing, Ethernet cables are still used extensively. For instance, a company may offer its customers free Wi-Fi service (think Starbucks, Barnes and Noble, McDonald’s, etc.). These cables are utilized to connect wireless routers with existing cable and phone lines.
With ever-increasing demands for speed and performance, businesses must ensure their network equipment is able to handle different devices and connections. As Ethernet cables have evolved over the years, they’ve been an integral part of device compatibility – essentially, making sure that a given piece of network equipment can talk to the rest of the system. This has grown the market for Ethernet equipment to over $16 billion in annual sales (as of 2010). Businesses have contributed a significant amount to that staggering figure.
Because a company requires more robust performance characteristics from Ethernet cables than households, businesses have been the catalyst for the Ethernet cable evolution. To put it simply, as companies implement new Ethernet cable configurations with their networks, residential households follow (since the cable-company dynamic works both ways, this article could also have been titled, “How Businesses Change the Ethernet Cable Industry”). Just a few of these noteworthy changes have been:
- Speed compatibility – in the mid-1990s, Ethernet cables typically accommodated speeds of either 10 or 100 Mbits per second. By the late-90s, network performance increased to the tune of 1000 Mbits per second, and Ethernet cables had to follow suit. At this time, Category 5e cables (more on those below) started to phase out standard Category 5 cable. Fast forward to the present day…if your business network can’t handle 10,000 Mbits per second, you’re simply not in the game. Category 6a Ethernet cable is required for this new standard of speed.
- Cable evolution – as noted above, Ethernet cables followed the network speed frontiers. At one time, Category 5 cables were adequate for any business network. In less than a decade, network capacity increased to a factor of 10. Today, many businesses employ Category 6 and 6a Ethernet cables to keep equipment running – and their customers happy.
A business can have different network requirements; some just want to maintain a LAN, while others – whose business actually IS the network business (Cisco, Google, Microsoft, etc.), demand the very best cables and equipment in every corner of their particular network. Whatever your Ethernet cable requirements are, Primus Cable offers a great selection at affordable prices.
If you’d like to learn more about how Ethernet cables are crucial for flawless business network performance (including your own business), please give us a call at 951-824-1571. Our customer service team can help you navigate this crucial component of network performance.