Copper cabling is always evolving to keep up with new processor speeds, software applications and protocols. Cat5 (10/100Mbps) was deemed to be sufficient a few years back but even that is now obsolete. We have seen the change from Cat5 to Cat5e and then to Cat6. Cat5e again was the installation of choice as it could send gigabit over the network. But recently around 80% of new installs are in Cat6 as this allows for the maximum life span and return on investment. Also due to how Cat6 is manufactured it allows for less repeat transmissions and network down time. New developments in cabling now allow for Cat6a and even Cat7 cables. These are not too common at present but as history has shown, these cabling systems will be the preferred choice in the near future.
Fibre Optic cores can transmit more data bandwidth than any horizontal copper cabling. Fibre backbones are generally installed between communications rooms and cabinets to help handle the traffic load between these locations. It can also be used where Cat5e and Cat6 copper cables are above 100m. Multimode fibre can provide 10 Gigabit speeds and a new development for 40 Gigabit is been ratified at present, as the demand for bandwidth is ever increasing. Multimode is the more common fibre application however Single mode fibre can be run to achieve longer distances and allow for more bandwidth hungry applications. FTTD (Fibre to the Desk) may be a common application in the future if the cost can be justified. We have run and commissioned 100’s of fibre cables in our time and would welcome any questions you may have.
Voice cabling (sometimes referred to as Cat 3) allows cabinets and telecom distribution points to interconnect throughout your sites infrastructure. Traditionally this type of cabling was very common especially when structured cabling was introduced. These days with the introduction of VoIP, voice cabling has taken more of a back seat as VoIP can be run over traditional data cables like Cat6 and fibre links. Some older systems depend on their voice infrastructure to support their telephone systems demands and this type of cabling is common in many sites.
CCTV is becoming more and more common to safe guard business assets. Theft and vandalism increases can be deterred with a good CCTV system. There are some great advantages to CCTV that were unheard of a few years ago. The majority of CCTV systems can now be run over copper cabling e.g. Cat5e / Cat6. Cameras can be viewed and controlled by Mobile Phones and you can even watch your business premises on your laptop whilst on vacation.
Network Cabinet Refit
Over time, communication cabinets can start to get full, dusty and messy, making life difficult and forcing you to spend longer trying to sort through the spaghetti. If you want us to come and look at ways of improving the efficiency of your cabinets, just give us a call to discuss. Alternatively, if your cabinet is too small for the recent growth spurts of your network, we can suggest ways of freeing space or even swapping your cabinet for a larger model.
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