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By babygummi ·
My organisation owns a few company, and will be merging into one building in the coming 4 years. The building will be of 4 stories.
In the coming 4 years, what kind of technology should we expect? I am responsible of cabling to security of the building. My organisation does not heavily depend on the networks though. What kind of line should i use? The building is going to be contructed and the cabling must go in. I do not want the cablings to go obsolete.

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by Aaron V In reply to Future Planning

As all the previous responses indicate, Fibre is a very good option. This allows you the speed and distance to use in your new building(s). The only catch is you will need Fibre cards in your switches/hubs/routers in your various wiring closets. This is not a problem, as even 'low-end' switches have the option for fibre ports.

Then you can run your CAT5 or Fibre to the desktop.

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by McKayTech In reply to Future Planning

There are really two choices for cabling materials: fiber and Cat5/Cat6. A third option for companies that anticipate a high volume of adds/moves/changes is a wireless LAN. Other than those three, I don't see anything on the immediate horizon thatshould impact your planning.

Fiber to the desktop is not going to happen in the next few years and for most companies, not in the next decade. Either copper or fiber can be carried to gigabit speeds, so neither one necessarily limits future opportunities and neither is going to become obsolete within the usual lifespan of a commercial building tenancy.

My own preference is for a structured cabling system that provides fiber between wiring closets and Cat5/Cat6 to the desktop.

I like to see at least two cables per drop location (three if telco is to be included). I also like to see conduit installed along difficult stretches so that additional cables, fiber or copper, can be easily pulled at a later date.

While the overall plan is important, the

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