We recently decided to at least try going down the Cat6A Shielded
path. The reason for this decision is that it allows us to deploy
cable infrastructure running at 10Gig next to existing Cat5/5E, which
is what we have in the majority of campus.
It doesn't solve the pathway issues (and certainly not the cost
issues), but it does allow you to run newer infrastructure alongside
older (which may indirectly improve things for cost and pathway).
The concerns about being difficult to work with are very valid for
Cat6A. Newer shielded Cat6A is better though, having a reduced
On Wed, Sep 25, 2013 at 11:34 AM, Peter P Morrissey <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> We are going to be rewiring a lot of buildings and are entertaining the
> possibility of installing 6a. The benefit of course is that it can run 10g
> to the desktop. Obviously we won’t need that in the near future, but given
> that our cabling life cycles tend to be around 20 years, it doesn’t seem to
> be too difficult to conceive of that need within that time span. The
> problem is that the cable is more expensive, and more difficult to work
> with, and the pathways that accommodate it are more difficult to install,
> especially in older buildings which are occupied. I was wondering if anyone
> else had thoughts on the topic.
> Pete Morrissey
> Director of Networking
> Syracuse University
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