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Cabling is perhaps not the most exciting component of a project but that certainly doesn’t mean it’s any less important. If your business’s cabling is not installed properly, too much or too little amount was used or the wrong types of cables are being used then potentially you’ll need the cabling done again which is a costly exercise.

In fact, a good portion of our cabling jobs is where we have been brought in to rectify cabling work done by other contractors.

Contrary to popular belief; not any type of cable will do.

Different cables do different jobs and some do it better than others.

What are the different types of Cables and their uses?

There are over 20 different types of cables in circulation today with their different uses but some of them have been superseded by another version. Below are the most common network cables used in today’s business network solutions.

+ - Category 5

Cat5 has 8 wires and provides a performance of up to 10/100MB which makes it suitable for Ethernet, telephony and video. This has since been superseded by Cat5e but in some cases, it still has its place.

Maximum length to be used: 100m, however, cat5 is vulnerable to external interferences so shorter lengths are recommended.

Application: Small office, home office, schools

+ - Category 5e

Cat5e is an improvement on Cat5, it supports 1000MB and has a reduced amount of interference compared to Cat5.

Maximum length to be used: 100m

Application: Small office, home office, schools

+ - Category 6

Cat6 is a twisted pair cable but is compatible with cat5, cat5e and cat3 cables. The performance of Cat6 is up to 250MHz and can handle up to 10GB of data. Cat6 is more resilient to external interference.

Maximum length to be used: 55m, beyond that and your bandwidth will rapidly deteriorate.

Application: Large businesses, universities

+ - Category 6a

Cat6a is an improvement on cat6 as it has an increase in performance; up to 500MHz and supports 10GB.

Maximum length to be used: 100m

Application: Large businesses, universities

+ - Category 7

The Cat7 has four twisted copper wire pairs and has a performance of up to 600Mbps and support up to 10GB. Cat7 isn’t as flexible and practicable as other networking cabling solutions as well as being the most expensive so even now, Cat6a is used as the reasonable alternative.

Maximum length to be used: 100m

Application: Data centres and where high speed and bandwidth is required

+ - Category 7a

Cat7a has a performance of up to 1000MHz and support up to 10GB. Cat7a is well shielded which means a huge noise immunity.

Maximum length to be used: 100m

Application: Data centres and where high speed and bandwidth is required

Fibre optic is similar to an electrical cable but contains optical fibres that are used to transmit data at the speed of light.

They are very strong however they are not flawless as they are susceptible to microscopic surface flaws which can occur in the manufacturing process, time, stress when handling at installation and some environmental factors.


+ - I don't know which Cable to use...

That’s okay, we do. We have been cabling for over 20 years and we are familiar with all types of cables, their uses and when to utilise more traditional or modern cabling infrastructures.

Ultimately, we decide on how much cabling you’ll need and what type by looking at what systems you need to run and over what area, in addition, to consider any potential growth plans.

+ - 12 Months Workmanship Guarantee

Most of the installations we carry out for companies have testing and certification of cabling systems included as standard, however, we will guarantee our workmanship for 12 months and new systems come with a 10-year component warranty, in fact, some of our systems come with a 25-year component warranty.

+ - I think my previous contractor has messed up my cables!

Unfortunately, it’s more commonplace than you think. The first item on the agenda is to work out what isn’t working so, invite us out for a free on-site survey.

We will then return to the office and write up a detailed report on our findings and send it out to you, promptly so you can decide on how to proceed.

This is also available for those who have recently moved to new premises and would like us to give the existing set-up a once over.

+ - Sub-contracting

Skilled Engineers are highly sought after and we are lucky enough to have a team of them who have been with us for a number of years. We invest in their training, year after year to ensure they are kept up to speed with the latest technologies. Additionally, we have a proven system of checks in place to ensure quality control.

For those reasons, we have been asked on a number of occasions over the years to subcontract; sometimes for competitors because our cabling work is to an impeccably high standard.

Additionally, due to the amount of cabling we do each year, we have a high level of buying power; more than some well-known distributors which means we can be quite competitive in supply prices.

Don't let your cables be an after thought!

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So, if you are looking for a reliable company to cable small, medium or large projects, please call us and speak to Rob Bright, one of our Directors, on 0330 222 0330.

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