A Tribute to 1061 Category 5e Cable

- 25 Years at the Top


New technologies are being introduced at a rapid pace. It seems like PCs, mobile phones and tablets have been around forever. It seems like every couple of weeks, we see advertisements for a new computing/communication device that processes data at faster speeds than current models. Networks that, only a short time ago, bragged about being able to transmit at kilobit speeds are now testing at gigabit and terabit speeds for future networks.

Where will it end? It won’t. Refining processes and improving performance has been the driving force of research and development throughout the 21st century. If anything, the pace is likely to quicken.

Well, more than 25 years ago, the systems engineers in the cabling section of Bell Labs (now part of CommScope) proposed the use of existing unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cable plant for data applications and pioneered the BALUN, allowing many data applications requiring coaxial cable or shielded twisted pair (STP) to run over the telephone
wires of the time. This concept became the basis for the SYSTIMAX cabling system.


The early work in this area concentrated on analyzing the potential of UTP systems
to support high-speed data. Sophisticated analytical and experimental techniques were developed to understand the concept and potential. The early results showed
the untapped potential for transmitting in the Mbps range, obviously now expanded
into the Gbps range. SYSTIMAX solutions led the way by demonstrating technical
feasibility and actively supporting the IEEE standards process until successful conclusion with the first 1Base-5 standard for running 1Mbps over UTP. The support continued
for the IEEE 802.3 committee, to assist in the development of the 10Base-T standard
for running 10Mbps over UTP. (...)

Connecting hardware and patch cables continued to further develop, and these too led to the publication
of Category 5 standards for the connecting hardware and patch cords. This created an end-to-end solution—SYSTIMAX SCS—capable of supporting LAN speeds far in excess of the planned development of the time. It now became possible to support such data protocols as 100Mbps Twisted Pair Physical-layer Medium Dependent (TPPMD), 100 Mbps Fast Ethernet and 155 Mbps ATM. Technical feasibility and support for the networking standards continued with IEEE, ANSI and the ATM Forum to prove that new LAN protocols would be supported over the this type of cabling, to the extent that in 1996, with the release of the SYSTIMAX PowerSum solution, the cabling could support 622 Mbps and 1Gbps speeds. However, one component remained constant—the 1061 cable.

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