[GLLUG] Networking standards

Marco van Beek mvanbeek at supporting-role.co.uk
Tue Apr 27 09:42:14 UTC 2021

Given that you can now get 10Gb/s over cable and 10GB switches off the 
shelf reasonably affordable (at least affordable when compared to the 
same in fibre), I think that the only reason at the moment to use fibre 
is distance unless you have a very specific requirement. My guess is 
that by the time 10Gb/s speeds becomes common and needed, we will have a 
100Gb/s over copper standard. Fibre is too brittle for day to day use in 
a workplace.



On 27/04/2021 10:00, Chris Bell via GLLUG wrote:
> Hello,
> Standard local networking rates have been faster than connections to the
> internet for many years, but fibre is slowly being laid around the UK so the
> internet is starting to catch up. I assume that sooner or later local
> networking will move on from Cat 5 or Cat 6 to all local fibre networks,
> prompted by whatever equipment suppliers choose as a standard. Is there any
> sign of this happening, and which standards are being considered?
> I have been viewing websites such as millsltd.com and farnell.com, both able
> to supply multiple varieties of fibre and connectors, but I am interested to
> know about any prospective standard, rather than which hardware might be
> available to adapt between different types.

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