A quite extraordinarily niche group of standards enthusiasts have been working away as part of the IEEE P 802.3bz 2.4G/5GBASE-T Task Force, and the results are in. There's a new Ethernet that works with the old wires and can do 2.5 Gigabit or 5 Gigabit connections. Upgrading is as straightforward as convincing the boss everyone needs better internet.
The speeds are nothing new, but the interesting part is that this latest tweaking of wired data transmission techniques lets the megabits flow through existing Cat 5e and Cat 6 cables, which should make it easy to more than double connectivity and throughput by just wazzing in a new box.
This means there's now a thing called this in existence: the IEEE P802.3bz Standard for Ethernet Amendment: Media Access Control Parameters, Physical Layers and Management Parameters for 2.5 Gb/s and 5 Gb/s Operation.
Which means the niche, business 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T routers already on sale offering compatibility with the new standards are now officially validated and, IT budget permitting, less RedTube buffering for everyone at lunch time. [Anandtech via Techradar]