The patchcord: The importance of verifying and certifying the weakest link in CAT6 /CAT6a systems and networks.
The new certification requirements and the demand of high data applications in CAT6 and CAT6a structured cabling systems; make testing performance of patchcords more important than ever before as has become the weakest link in a network.
Despite being the patchcord a very common element in any structured cabling system many times its performance is overlooked and how it affects the total performance of the network where they are installed. It is clear that not all patchcords are made equal and many of the available options in market are at least inconsistent.
Using patchcords that do not meet performance specifications of CAT6 /CAT6a standards will cause intermittent failure and network crashes generating drastic performance drops and even real network downtimes.
Thus, as new transmission standards require more sophisticates testing of patchcords, the “traditional” continuity checks of wire map checking are not even remotely close to the actual certification @ 10Gbps performance for new generation patchcords.
Cubitel certifies each unit of patchcord supplied to market using first-class instruments (Fluke and Agilient) verifying:
– Each patchcord supplied reaches new standards performance CAT6 /CAT6a
– Customer really gets quality of performance she is paying for both for the passive part of network (cabnling and patchcord) as well as for the active networking last-generation electronics on her netowork.
– The supplied lead supports transmission schemes for bidirectional and multi-pair on same pair /pairs.
Finally, Cubitel highly recommends applying performance standards ANSI/TIA-568-C.2 and ISO/IEC 11801:2010.