Cisco Multi Gigabit Ethernet Technology / NBase-T Technology and NBase-T Alliance

New wireless standard – 802.11ac supports upto 6.8 Gbps wireless speed.

Mostly cables used between wireless access points and switches are Cat5e, which are limited to 1Gbps speed. Because of this, we cannot get full advantage of  802.11ac (Wave 2) and subsequent technologies without upgrading the cabling infrastructure.

We can see this situation in following diagram.

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