Multigigabit Ethernet & It’s Business Perspective

Today, businesses are adopting digital transformation and leveraging new technologies such as cloud computing, automation, artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, analytics, and mobility. These advancements enhance their products, services, and user experience, helping them remain competitive, drive innovation, and achieve long-term growth. Concurrently, workplaces are transitioning into digital buildings to enhance quality of life and ensure better safety and security through IoT technology. Collaboration tools are also crucial, aiding teams in communication, task management, project discussions, and knowledge sharing. All these advanced technologies and applications depend on a reliable network infrastructure.

As a result of technology transformation, we are witnessing a proliferation of devices, sensors and mobile devices everywhere. Many businesses who began with their digital transformation journey have realized that traditional network cannot provide the experiences which contemporary users are looking for, nor it is agile enough to meet the changing requirements. These limitations are further exacerbated at the network’s access level, where the number of connected devices is increasing exponentially. The proliferation of smartphones, tablets, laptops, and IoT devices, combined with the rising use of high-bandwidth and real-time triple play applications over wireless networks, necessitates the evolution of network architecture to meet contemporary connectivity and user experience requirements. Additionally, the volume of data is increasing manifold.

This transition mandates that businesses to upgrade their Wireless LAN infrastructure so that they can accommodate the growing demands for mobility, performance, and security. This is where Wi-Fi 6 – a next generation of Wi-Fi comes into picture as it offers – better connectivity, increased efficiency, and latest security. Further its Wireless speed of 1.8 Gbps ~ 9.6 Gbps can be a game changer for businesses. Wi-Fi 6 enables a new generation of workplaces, improves collaboration and accelerates innovation. It offers four times the bandwidth of the previous Wi-Fi standard (802.11ac Wave 2).

To fully leverage on the latest Wi-Fi 6 technology and its speed capabilities, the network switch and cabling infrastructure must support similar wire speed performance without creating bottlenecks at the switch or cabling levels. However, most structured cabling infrastructures in use today are built on Category 5e/6, which were originally designed to support speeds of up to 1 Gbps over distances up to 100 meters. While switches and access points can be quickly upgraded, replacing Category 5e/6 cables with Category 6A cabling is challenging. This replacement process would necessitate significant building renovations, operational disruptions, downtime, and considerable expense. This is where Multi-Gigabit Ethernet becomes crucial.

Multi-gigabit Ethernet is IEEE 802.3bz standard, which are named as 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T and supports 2.5Gbps and 5Gbps speed on existing Category 5e and 6 cables respectively. It reduces the complexity of a new cabling infrastructure and saves cost. It essentially protects the existing investment and extends the lifespan of current cabling infrastructure.


D-Link offers DMS 1100 and 3130 Series high performance Multi-Gigabit Switches in 8 Ports and 24 Ports configuration to meet the Wired and Wireless performance requirements of modern-day businesses. In addition to Multi-Gigabit Switches, D-Link also offers Wi-Fi 6 based Access Points with 2.5GbE Multi-Gigabit Uplink Port to Switch for wire speed connectivity. With its complete Copper and Fiber Optic structured cabling solution, Network Enclosures, Core L3 Fiber Aggregation Switches, D-Link offers end to end multi-gigabit ethernet based Campus Networking solutions that empowers customers to achieve their digital transformation journey.