The Folly of Future-Proofing Layer 1 By J.R. Simmons

Last month at the annual SCTC conference, I gave a speech on developments with Layer 1 (from theĀ OSI model) technology. Although there are many intriguing technical functions that reside in Layer 1, most people think of copper and fiber cabling. Well, that's fine by me, because cabling is the subject I'd like to discuss today.

During my speech, I challenged the consultants in attendance to consider the baseline recommendation for copper cabling to the desktop. Without giving it much thought, most customers are led to believe that Category 6a cabling is the obvious preference -- it is the default choice of the cabling industry.

However, there are many factors that should be analyzed before blindly following the "latest is greatest" philosophy. Among other things, the two most critical questions to ask are:

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