Voice & Data Network
At Cabledrive we aim to support businesses of all sizes in their Voice and Data network cabling requirements. If you are moving into new office premises then we can design and install a complete voice and data capable structured cabling solution to meet your exact requirement. We understand that your network performance is important so by selecting our installation services you are assured of the highest level of professionalism and quality. Our network cabling installation services include the installation of stand-alone cabinets/racks, wall mounted cabinets, network cabling containment and patch panels. Our staff are fully trained and equipped with the latest equipment to carry out the data cabling installation with minimal disruption to you business premises. On completion the cabling will be fully tested to ensure correct network performance.
Different categories of data cabling have different specifications with regards to shielding from electromagnetic interference, data transmission speed, and the possible bandwidth frequency range.
If you’re looking for a voice and data network, copper cabling may be the right medium, but you have to make sure that you choose the right ‘category rating’ for your network data cabling installation.
The Cat5e standard is an enhanced version of the Cat5 cable, designed to reduce interference this category works not only for 10/100Mbps but also 1000Mbps (1 Gigabit per second)! It has quickly become the most widely used category of Ethernet cable, Cat5 cabling is common in existing networks but Cat5e is usually the preferred choice of cabling in new installations due to price. Cat5e cables are backward compatible with Cat5 cables, allowing them to easily be used in any modern network installation.
A big difference between Cat5e and the newer Cat6 cables is in transmission performance, although both can handle Gigabit Ethernet speeds, Cat6 can handle bandwidth up to 250MHz and allows up to 1,000Mbps (1gb) transmission rates. Some properly installed Category 6 cable will also support 10 Gigabit speeds, but likely with limitations on length. Cat6 cable has other advantages besides speed, such as better insulation and thinner wires that provide a higher signal to noise ratio reducing electromagnetic interference. In most situations Cat5e cabling is more than suitable and much more cost effective than Cat6. Cat6 cable is backward compatible with both Cat5 and Cat5e cables.
Cat6A cable is the latest twisted-pair cable type defined in February 2008 under the newest version of the TIA 568-B standard (568-B.2-10). Cat6A operates at frequencies of up to 500 MHz and can support transmission speeds at 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps).
Cat5e, 6, 6A maximum cables lengths are 90 metres, so for larger cabling systems the use of Fibre optic cables are necessary. Fibre optics are generally installed as ‘backbone links’ that interlink cabinets between different parts of the building, or from one building to another. They are ordinarily multi-mode fibre. There are four differing grades – OM1, OM2, OM3 and OM4, all of which are designed to suit different network designs. These can then be presented onto different types of connectors LC, ST, SC, MTRJ, FC, depending on your specification and budget.