Connecting the Access Point


When you consider the logistics of installing a Cat 6A cable to support your wireless needs, you’ll specifically want to think through exactly how the cable will plug into the access point (AP).

One of the reasons the Cat 6A cable can support 10Gbps speeds is that it’s built larger than a Cat 5e or Cat 6 cable, which means installation will require more planning due to the space it will occupy. It also means there will be added difficulty in terminating it.

Here are three legitimate methods to terminate Cat 6A cables at one or both ends:

  1. Use a proven, traditional IDC terminating jack just like any other data port on your network. In this case, you’ll install the AP-end-jack into a small surface mount box (SMB) that connects to the AP with a short patch cable. (Standards based for many years.)
  2. Install a modular plug onto the Cat 6A cable itself. Known as direct termination, it’s now recognized by cabling standards as legit. However, that doesn’t mean it’s easy.
  3. Use a connector assembly from CommScope®. Its Ceiling Connector Assembly (CCA) provides Cat 6A performance and has no special requirements for installation. CCAs are available with an 18” pigtail cord already installed or as a block itself, so you can customize the attachment cord to the color and length you need; all done in a plenum-rated assembly using basic tools. Watch now:

The team at Capital would be thrilled to help you explore any of these options. Use the form below to let us know where you’d like to start.

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