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Cable interconnects a leading cause of network latency

By Max Burkhalter
January 31, 2014

Nearly every electronic system uses cables today, with even wireless networks utilizing cabling to connect routers and terminal servers. For most enterprises, these cables present the weakest link in their network infrastructure, especially when legacy production systems or updated systems that utilize optical cabling are introduced, and there is suddenly a disparity in cabling types.

According to Electronic Design, it is critical for businesses to optimize their cable interconnects. The serial to Ethernet, or when necessary fiber to copper, converters used to create interplay between new and old operate the key point of speed decreases, and are the primary contributor to network latency and slow data rates. As such, firms have to scale their media converters to the demand they place on their networks or face slow speeds and other problems over time.

Technology improvements are driving bandwidth demands, allowing systems to operate at faster levels every year. However, companies have to be sure their network can keep up, and when disparate cable interconnects are used this can create a bottleneck in data rates. This is particularly true when firms begin to integrate advanced communications and other solutions, such as video, which will drive bandwidth demands even higher.

With improved media converter technology, businesses can optimize cabling and focus on the flexibility and scalability of their systems. Appropriate interconnect and converter support will lend itself to better IT opportunities for growth, allowing firms more freedom when updating technology or replacing legacy systems. At the same time, these tools will ensure that the integration of old and new goes smoothly without seeing older systems punted out of the network or slowing down the new technology due to outdated demands.

Regardless of the systems a company uses, optimizing their cabling infrastructure is a critical piece of the puzzle. Investing in the right fiber to Ethernet converters and copper-based cabling will ensure full support of the system and compatibility over time. Eventually, a firm may need to replace more systems, but the appropriate investment now will keep upgrade costs low in the future and ensure the longevity of its solution. This will be increasingly important as Ethernet-capable systems grow in popularity and enterprises see more use for the IoT trend.

Perle has an extensive range of Managed and Unmanaged Fiber Media Converters to extended copper-based Ethernet equipment over a fiber optic link, multimode to multimode and multimode to single mode fiber up to 160km.


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