we are about to run cables to replace old cabling (CAT5) that is starting to fail at some points.
As we are cabling main network component we would like to go with gigabit cables and CAT6 seems to be the solution. The question I'm asked to answer is how long this cable will keep up with technology?
I thought of running optic fiber for one end of the building to the other end (about 900 foots) then fuse channels to component but I just not sure if its overkill. I mean, we do not move that much data as 90% of the pc park for this building (about 25) will be thin client running remote desktop.
In short, will cat6 last for at least 5-10 years?
The answer is almost impossible to answer. I still see some 10m connections. And there are still lots of 100m connections. Given that 100m has been around for 20 years, 1g should be good for another 10 years.