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ENSURING CABLE READINESS FOR IOT DEPLOYMENTS

The First Step in Any IoT Project is Cable Readiness
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Ensuring Cable Readiness for IoT Deployments
Internet of Things ( IoT ) projects can be complex . The last thing you want to worry about is whether your cabling will be able to handle what you throw at it . No matter if you ' re working on an intelligent building , smart manufacturing plant , asset / fleet tracking system or a similar project , your first step to success is making sure your cable plant is ready . Let ’ s look at how to tackle this goal that will ensure the success of your next IoT project .
Understand what ’ s required from a network and cabling perspective
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This may sound obvious , but the most important thing to understand from a cabling perspective is what you plan to connect from one end of the cabling to the next . Yet there are many things that must be considered . And this is especially true when working with IoT devices that can vary greatly in terms of what they require from the network . In general , IoT must address three key areas from a network cabling perspective : speed , power and distance .
Speed has to do with the throughput and latency needs required by the IoT devices for them to function appropriately . Power is whether the IoT endpoints will be fed power over Ethernet ( PoE ) cabling – and at what levels of output they require . Finally , distance refers to the maximum length of cabling that will need to be run to connect all components .
For standard cabling projects , the options are relatively limited . But when you ’ re talking about IoT , there is far more to consider . For example , some IoT projects such as ultra-high-definition surveillance cameras may require multi-gig Ethernet speeds and POE ++ power output options . Thus , the cabling used for this IoT project must meet or exceed a much higher level of speed and throughput standards compared to some other projects . An IoT project such as this would likely require Category 6A or better cabling in order to meet the necessary speed and power requirements . The following diagram can be used as a general guide as to when Cat 5e , Cat 6 and Cat 6A should be used for 2.5 and 5GBASE-T Ethernet . For 10GBASE-T Ethernet , Cat 6A or higher cabling is always recommended :
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Internet of Things ( IoT ) projects can be complex . The last thing you want to worry about is whether your cabling will be able to handle what you throw at it . No matter if you ’ re working on an intelligent building , smart manufacturing plant , asset / fleet tracking system or a similar project , your first step to success is making sure your cable plant is ready . Let ’ s look at how to tackle this goal that will ensure the success of your next IoT project .
Understand what ’ s required from a network and cabling perspective
This may sound obvious , but the most important thing to understand from a cabling perspective is what you plan to connect from one end of the cabling to the next . Yet there are many things that must be considered . And this is especially true when working with IoT devices that can vary greatly in terms of what they require from the network . In general , IoT must address three key areas from a network cabling perspective : speed , power and distance .
Speed has to do with the throughput and latency needs required by the IoT devices for them to function appropriately . Power is whether the IoT endpoints will be fed power over Ethernet ( PoE ) cabling – and at what levels of output they require . Finally , distance refers to the maximum length of cabling that will need to be run to connect all components . �
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