Know the Details of MULTIGIG Ethernet and Its Usefulness


High speed Internet is a requirement in many industrial segments and businesses for obvious reasons, and Gigabit Ethernet plus fiber optics have helped achieve the same. However, in many industrial units and offices, there are legacy networks comprising UTP Cat5 and Cat6 cables. Switching to fiber optics entirely certainly has a lot of advantages, but involves a significant cost factor. Therefore, fiber optics are now used largely to extend these networks at affordable prices, to facilitate seamless connectivity and high speed data transmission. Likewise, technologies have been developed considering the cost factor vs the actual requirement of speed at various times and levels. So, Multi-Gigabit Ethernet is a data connectivity link which achieves speeds of more than 1G on the existing copper cables in your network. This post discusses the significance and uses of multi-gigabit Ethernet switches, ports, and other devices.
 
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Multi-Gigabit Ethernet Explained at Length

This technology enables you to achieve speeds without the need for a particular type of cable such as fiber optic. However, depending upon the type of UTP cable such as Cat5e, Cat6, and so on, the multi-Gig Ethernet speed may vary. For instance, on a Cat6 cable, it may achieve even 10G; whereas, on a Cat5e, the speed may go up to 5G. This is basically a WLAN technology which optimally utilizes the bandwidth available at each access point of the network. Today, multi-Gigabit Ethernet devices are designed in adherence to IEEE 802.3 standards last updated about 4 years ago, which has pointers defined for 2.5- and 5-Gigabit Ethernet connections over Cat5, Cat6, and other higher Ethernet cables. This was essential to utilize the potential of other advanced connected devices such as computers, storage devices, wireless access points, and so on. Also, while high speed connectivity may be achieved, maintaining it after connecting to a switch is a challenge. This is because a standard switch allows up to only 1G speed. So, there was a need for multi-gigabit Ethernet switches which enable a speed that matches with the multi-Gig Ethernet port over the existing Cat5e or Cat6 cable.

Multi-Gig Ethernet Ports and Switches

Multi-gig or Ethernet ports facilitate speeds ranging from 100Mbps to 5G, and beyond, while allowing network devices to function at full capacity. These extremely flexible switches are suitable for high speeds up to 5G or more as well as the regular 100 Mbps speed over legacy networks. These ports have backward compatibility with the standard 100 Mbps devices. Additionally, they also support the ones beyond 2.5G. Multi-gig as a whole reduces both cost and effort of adding to the number of switches, ports, and cables in the existing network. In any case, even if you add these devices, achieving a speed of more than 2.5G may still be challenging. Instead, it is wise to use a switch which allows 5G speed and beyond. It will also help the connected IoT devices to optimally utilize multi-gig. This makes your network scalable as you can increase the speed as and how the number of connected devices increase.
If you are looking for a high-speed connectivity but with a scalable and affordable network, then multi-Gigabit Ethernet is the right choice. Ensure you consult a reliable manufacturer in this sector. VERSITRON is a leading manufacturer of copper to fiber connectivity products of various types and configurations for data, voice, and video applications. Some of them include fiber optic media converters, cables, switches, and etc.


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