IEEE sets plugfest ahead of new net standard

IEEE sets plugfest ahead of new net standard

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The IEEE, which is set to be at the heart of the forthcoming adoption of the low-speed internet standard, is set to hold an interoperability plugfest in October in order to demonstrate the readiness of 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T products.

The new specification, known as IEEE P802.3bz, defines 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T, allows it to substantially boost the speed of traditional Ethernet without users having to tear out their current cabling set-up, potentially saving time and money.

Another significant feature of 2.5GbE and 5GbE is that it will allow connectivity to 802.11ac Wave 2 Access Points, which for many users are considered to be the main driving force behind the updating of traditional NBase-T products.

It comes after developments earlier in the month saw Ethernet Alliance launch the ratification of a variety of IEEE 802.3 Ethernet standards.

The plugfest will be held during the week of October 10th at the University of New Hampshire's InterOperability Laboratory in Durham, New Hampshire.

The two groups behind the new Ethernet speeds, the Ethernet Alliance and the NBASE-T Alliance will subsequently work together and release their results accordingly.

It comes after the N-Base-T Alliance showed off an assortment of 2.5G and 5GBase-T products, which they claimed would helped to address the new applications for NBase-T products, including the aggregation of data at 2.5G and 5Gbps Ethernet data across 802.11ac Wave2 access points.

Peter Jones, NBASE-T Alliance chairman, said: “I believe this is the most significant Ethernet market transition since the 1000BASE-T standard was completed back in 1999. 1000BASE-T has become massively successful, to the point where it’s close to ubiquitous. The Ethernet Alliance’s mission is to promote IEEE 802 Ethernet technologies and, since we have many of the same members and share similar goals in this area, it makes perfect sense to work together.

He added that the alliance was "fortunate" to be in the position of leveraging infrastructure  of "installed base Category 5e and 6 already in place for NBASE-T technology".

"The fact that the industry can get to 2.5 bit/sec and 5G bit/sec Ethernet speed without having to rebuild the network is huge. The last we checked, we had 70 billion meters of cabling and 1.3 billion outlets already installed. This is an enormous asset that we can get more value from.”

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