Superfast Gigabit broadband may be around the corner, but Network World expects the highest speeds to come from wired, not wireless, networks. Adequate planning and the right technology will also be key in unlocking the full potential of thousand megabit broadband.
Preparing for Gigabit
Although Wi-Fi is now commonplace and often the preferred method to connect to networks, upgraded wired installs will better handle the throughput of Gigabit. Implementing Gigabit at a networking level is also expected to be simpler with the wired route.
Although today’s Wi-Fi technology is already speedy, Internet metrics company, Ookla, recommends using a Cat 6 Ethernet cable for Gigabit. If taking the Wi-Fi route, the latest standards, such as 160 MHz channel, four-stream 802.11ac with 5GHz frequencies, are required for Gigabit, though even then it will be limited to 600 Mbps.
Another issue affecting Gigabit over wireless is signal interference. A sporadic and halting connection, due to nearby interference to Wi-Fi, will mean a less than perfect Gigabit experience.
Going back to wired
To achieve the fastest results with Gigabit, a hardwired connection will be needed. Cat 5e specs should be able to handle Gigabit, but Cat 6 will provide the highest and most reliable speeds, since it is less susceptible to crosstalk than Cat 5e.
The Ethernet ports on a router should also be checked that they are prepared for Gigabit speeds, as well as whether the router’s CPU can handle the load. x86 processors are the fastest option, followed by ARM and MIPS.
The trend for some businesses has been to move away from wired to wireless, but the introduction of Gigabit may push them to return to Ethernet. This will ensure they can use the promised speeds of Gigabit to adopt newer technology, such as virtual reality, and maximise existing ones, such as video streaming.
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