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Do I need to use the 1000base T transceivers for my project?

Sudhanshu Gupta evaluates whether or not this questioner's design solution requires 1000base T transceivers, in this expert response.

I am designing a solution for a government office, which has 5 floors, using the Cisco switch catalyst WS-C3560G-48TS-E and a UTP Cat5e cable for horizontal cabling; I need 11 switches. Do I need to use the 1000base T transceivers for this project?

You would need transceivers in case you need to convert fiber to cable or vice-versa. In your case you can use copper cable to connect 11 switches to 3560 if you do not want to lay fiber, which becomes costlier.

I'm wondering why you are not considering Cat6 cabling. My reasons for suggesting Cat6 are

  1. Investment protection
  2. It can support speeds of 1Gbps or more.
  3. Transfers data at speed two times more than that of Cat5e
  4. It handles interference better, so, for areas which have power lines or are in factories, it performs better.
The drawback is cost which is little higher than Cat5e.

-- Sudhanshu

This was last published in February 2007

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