Increasingly, mobile devices like smartphones and tablets are a standard feature of business, education and healthcare environments. While these devices require wireless networks, they also require high-performance wired infrastructure to handle the expanded traffic and support constantly evolving industry standards.

There has just been a sweeping change in wireless specifications. The new 802.11ac standard supersedes the previous 802.11n standard, found in nearly all of today’s modern devices. 802.11ac improves theoretical speed capacity to 6.77 Gbps – a nearly tenfold increase. By the end of 2015, nearly one billion devices will have this capacity; however, the chance to be a part of this transition into the next generation of speed is totally dependent on the wired infrastructure to support it.

A move to a more capable network means having the latest grade of Augmented Category 6 cable, which provides enough bandwidth to support the 802.11ac standard, as well as the multitude of devices hardwired into a network. The previous standard, Category 6, doesn’t offer the reduction in alien crosstalk (AXT) compared to its augmented counterpart. This means that any signal interference caused by nearby cables is significantly lowered. Another benefit in choosing Category 6A is allowing 10Gbase-T on cable up to 100 meters in length. Category 5, 5e, and 6 cables only allowed 1000Base-T at this length previously. An installation of two Category 6A cables will allow for a 2Gbps uplink, as well as support for future 10Gbps connectivity once access points reach 6.77 Gbps bandwidth.

The tech world is constantly evolving, and businesses recognize the need to be ready for the future. Our customers at Mary Freebed Hospital and the Van Andel Institute are just two of the many organizations preparing themselves for these emerging technologies. The opportunity to prepare for an evolution in wireless is now. Make sure your wire is ready.