Reliable Connectivity and Network Performance

Clay Kobernick, supplier relations manager at Anixter, shares how to build a high-quality physical layer to enable reliable network performance and connectivity for your end users.

For more information on this topic, read our TECHbrief on network performance.

Transcript: Reliable Connectivity and Network Performance

Hi, I’m Clay Kobernick. You may have heard network connectivity described as the “Fourth Utility.” With the Internet of Things rapidly expanding, reliable network connectivity has become as critical as electricity, gas and water for the efficient operation of businesses, schools, hospitals and other organizations and facilities.

Network connectivity depends upon having a high-quality, future-ready physical layer. A well-designed network infrastructure can support multiple applications, from IP-based security and AV systems, to wireless support for mobile devices, to information sharing via networked systems or cloud applications.

A versatile physical layer can handle not only current bandwidth requirements but the dramatic increase in network traffic that is expected year by year. It is estimated that 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020. Today’s networks need to be designed with that future in mind.

The physical layer should also be designed to minimize downtime. An unplanned outage lasting just a few minutes can cost many thousands of dollars in the form of lost productivity, data, and stakeholder trust. The right network infrastructure can reduce or prevent unplanned loss of connectivity.

So, how do you design a physical layer that provides reliable network connectivity for multiple applications, now as well as in the future, and ensures continuous connectivity in the workplace? Anixter’s Smart Building report identifies a few best practices for network performance:

  • First, provide for network flexibility with standards-based, open architecture designs.
  • Choose an appropriate universal cabling topology that meets building wiring and automation standards.
  • Select the right physical media from twisted-pair, optical fiber and direct-attach cables to address high-speed bandwidth requirements.
  • Determine a migration path for Wi-Fi and in-building cellular connectivity to support the increasing number of wireless devices.
  • And finally, support multiple applications by deploying a scalable, high-performance structured cabling system.

Whether you’re dealing with a commercial building, university campus, industrial plant, or smart hospital—reliable network connectivity is necessary in any of these environments for seamless communication, information sharing and operational efficiency. I invite you to learn more about building the fourth utility by reading our TECHbrief on this topic.

Also make sure you download a free copy of Anixter’s Smart Building best practices report, which covers the topic of network performance as well as risk management, workforce productivity, space utilization and IoT enablement. You can find it at