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Structured copper cabling Cat5e, Cat6 and Cat7
Structured copper cabling the overview
Having a fantastic internet connection is all well and good, but effective voice and data communications within a business begin with a local network infrastructure that's fit for purpose.
Well planned, installed and managed internal network cabling will serve
your business keenly for years to come. We'll help you to get all of that right, taking into account your current and future requirements while being mindful of your budget, to deliver the cabling infrastructure that's spot on for your home, office or data centre.
what you can expect
What's your requirement — now and in the medium to long term? Aside from cost (which is understandably a factor) that's one of the important questions for us to work through with you when planning your network cabling project. We'll want to cover every angle to make sure that your investment serves you well now, and in the years to come:
- What do you currently use your network for?
- Are you looking to boost performance where the strain is beginning to show?
- What possible changes are on the horizon? For example, are you a steadily growing operation?
- Do you have a predictable and stable way of working, or might changes to the way you do things in the near future involve more intensive use of your network?
What's what, and why — once we know what's required, we'll work up a proposal that takes you through exactly what you can expect from the finished project.
3. Planning and installation
When everything has been checked and approved, our end-to-end service means we'll take on all the planning and installation work for you.
Once your cable installation is done, tested and working as it should be, we'll be at close at hand to keep it that way.
Cable category standards
Which standards do we support?
We offer the following cable category standards, and can advise on the most suitable for your specific project:
|Category||Frequency||Ethernet support||Shielding||Usage examples|
|Cat5e||1-100Mhz||10/100BASE-T, Gigabit Ethernet||Optional||Home and small office|
|Cat6||1-250Mhz||10/100BASE-T, Gigabit Ethernet||Optional||SME, university, high speed applications|
|Cat6a||1-500Mhz||10/100BASE-T, Gigabit Ethernet, 10Gigabit Ethernet||Optional||SME, university, high speed applications|
|Cat7||1-600Mhz||10/100BASE-T, Gigabit Ethernet, 10Gigabit Ethernet||Integrated individual pair and overall cable shielding||Enterprise, data centre backbone, high speed applications|
|Cat7a||1-1000Mhz||10/100BASE-T, Gigabit Ethernet, 10Gigabit Ethernet||Integrated individual pair and overall cable shielding||Enterprise, data centre backbone, high speed applications|
copper cabling jargon buster
Glossary of terms
Alien Crosstalk (ANEXT)
Interference introduced by a twisted pair within one cable to another adjacent cable, which can be mitigated by using the correct category of cable.
"Cat" (Category) identifies the standard and specification of twisted pair ethernet cabling. The different categories (e.g. 5e, 6, 7) of cable are suitable for different applications, dependent on requirements such as transfer speed and environment.
EMI (Electromagnetic Interference)
Disturbance or noise generated by an external source (for example, from machinery, electronic equipment) that can reduce the effectiveness of cabling.
Shielded cable (often referred to as STP or Shielded Twisted Pair) helps to maintain cable performance in environments with high levels of EMI. Shielding can come in the form of foil coating, Low Smoke Zero Halogen (LSZH) and PVC jackets.
STP (Shielded Twisted Pair)
Cable with integrated protection (shielding) from electromagnetic interference (EMI).
UTP (Unshielded Twisted Pair)
Cable without protection (shielding) from electromagnetic interference (EMI).
Get in touch
We're here to help with structured copper cabling
Ready to talk? Whether you're coming to us armed with all the knowledge you need, and just need to iron out the final details, or you'd like the full lowdown on how our copper cabling service can deliver higher performance internal networks for your business, we're ready and waiting to help.
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