Colleges like U-M have thousands of students, researchers, faculty members and athletes who need reliable wireless connectivity to work on assignments or kick back with Netflix. A Cat 6A Cable for Wi-Fi 6E and Wi-Fi 7 AP’s San Antonio infrastructure upgrade is essential to keep those devices working at peak performance.

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Many campus networks are moving to CAT 6A, the new standard that can handle speeds of up to 10Gbps and offers less cross-talk than older cables. The higher uplink capacity of CAT 6A also helps support power over Ethernet (PoE) for Wi-Fi access points. And the shielded cabling provides better heat dissipation, which helps protect against cable degradation from extended distances.

But a wholesale upgrade isn’t always practical. “There’s a fine line between upgrading a cable network when it hits its technical limit and waiting to do so until a significant amount of equipment needs to be added or replaced,” says Choe, who works with universities to plan their infrastructure upgrades. He notes that a wait-and-see strategy can lead to underutilization of capacity as the technology changes over time. Click the banner below for more exclusive content about upgrading campus Wi-Fi. Siemon’s full offering of Category 6A copper and OM3 multimode fiber cabling is ideal for today’s most demanding applications, with the shielded cabling providing superior support for PoE. The Z-PLUG field-terminated plug enables custom length cables to be terminated on site for direct connections to WAPs, eliminating outlets and equipment cords.