Home wiring.

Lloyd Brown lloyd_brown at byu.edu
Mon Jun 17 12:59:26 MDT 2013

You actually can run 10GbE over Cat6 and 8P8C ("RJ45") connectors if you
really want to
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10-gigabit_Ethernet#10GBASE-T).  So yes,
Cat6 up to 55m, or Cat6a up to 100m should be good up to at least 10GbE.
 It's not completely future proof, but it'll be pretty good for a while.
 10Gb/s should be enough for anyone, right?

The switches are very expensive right now, though, and the switch
latency is higher than the SFP+ 10GbE solutions, since the line
encodings built into the 8P8C PHY are much more complex than those in
the SFP+.

I agree that, especially in a residential application, fiber doesn't
make sense yet, possibly not ever.  But Cat6 might also do better than
you thought.

Lloyd Brown
Systems Administrator
Fulton Supercomputing Lab
Brigham Young University

On 06/17/2013 12:42 PM, Lonnie Olson wrote:
> Running fiber is still too expensive and generally not worth the extra
> cost and complexity (fiber, converters, switches, etc) for the minor
> benefits (possible future capability of 10gE).

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