How to choose a network cable

Editor’s Note: This article was contributed by Loredana Coscotin, product marketing manager for Belden industrial cable.

Industrial Ethernet networks are becoming more sophisticated as organizations strive for high reliability and performance plus seamless data access and reporting. Flat networks are evolving into managed infrastructure and there are many new technologies, such as redundancy using PRP (Parallel Redundancy Protocol) to consider.

However, basic principles still apply and one of these is that it is essential to use the right industrial Ethernet cable to achieve reliable performance. Network components and media are the cause of over 70% of all network faults, with operating systems accounting for fewer than 20% of failures and application programs for the rest. Furthermore, when cable failures occur, they are often difficult to diagnose and resolve.

Fortunately our Installation Engineers are fully aware of the correct network cable for your printer and will supply it at the point of installation if required, the majority of out printers have wireless facility and can even work as a WiFi access point.

Please take a look at our products and the information provided for each machine for details of the wireless capability.


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