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Data cabling is the backbone through which all of a company’s digital information is transported. A faulty or incomplete data cabling installation can lead to improper functioning of your computing hardware or premature failure, and it may also limit the possibility of performing effective maintenance.
The best technology in the world will be hampered if proper cabling isn’t used. Since applications can only move as fast as their slowest link, it’s imperative that data cabling installation meets best practices as well as your needs today and into the foreseeable future.
ICS wants to ensure that you are getting the most out of the data technology that you use. We can ensure your data cabling meets best practices.
Today CAT6 is the most commonly used form of network cable. It’s composed of 4 pairs of copper wire for higher performance and was designed to support Gbps Ethernet that can transmit one gigabyte per second for performance, reliability and security.
Computers are connected through Ethernet cabling. CAT6 is the 6th generation of twisted Ethernet cable that’s a standard defined and specified by TIA/EIA. TIA/EIA standards define best practices in design, build, and management for structured cabling systems.
CAT6 cables came out a few years after CAT5e and have the ability to support a 10 Gigabit network. CAT6 offers benefits like fast speed and improved security. With it you can also save on costs as you add more computers to your network.
CAT6 is completely backward compatible and can be applied for any application where you generally use CAT5e cables. CAT6 cable also has more stringent specifications for system noise than CAT5e, so the result is fewer errors.
Rising in popularity in the Austin, Houston and San Antonio markets is CAT 6a Data Cabling. CAT6a is considerably thicker than CAT6, and it provides 10 Gigabits for up to 100 meters in length. It also reduces the crosstalk. If you’re in search of cabling that will serve you now and into the future, CAT6a gives the greatest performance at the longest distance.
A Category 7 cable is a shielded twisted pair cable used in high-speed Ethernet-based computer networks of 1 Gbps or higher. CAT7 cable is backward compatible with CAT 6A, CAT 6, CAT5 and CAT5e cabling standards.
CAT6 and above are more difficult than other cabling to install. That’s because conductors are twisted tightly, and there’s more insulation. So, you must be very careful when cutting these cables. And, before you spend money on structured cabling, we will consider important factors to ensure your cabling meets best practices and your IT needs.
1. Will You Need A Wireless Network?
Most businesses today want the ability to use mobile devices like laptops, tablets and smartphones throughout their offices. In this case, you’ll want to set up a wireless network.
2. What Speed Will You Require?
We will determine the speed that your workstations are using. Most run at 70-80 Mbps with a maximum of 100 Mbps. The speed for network cables differs so this is an important consideration.
3. Will You Need Wireless Adapters?
Each of your computers will need a wireless adapter for your wireless network. Most desktops don’t come with them, although laptops and notebooks do. So, you’ll need to add a USB adapter or PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) for each system.
4. Is Your IT Security Adequate?
ICS will ensure you use a WPA setup to secure your wireless connection. This can be only used on the computers you connect to your network and by turning off the wireless network’s broadcasting. Wireless systems typically come with security turned off. So, this is important to check for.
5. Are There Any Distance Limitations?
The accepted distance limitations for UTP (Unshielded Twisted Pair) cabling (up to 1 Gbps) is 100 meters (328 feet). If you need distances greater than this, it’s essential that you use CAT6A or higher.
6. Is Your Electrical Cabling Going To Cause Interference?
Network cables use wiring with two conductors twisted together to cancel out any electromagnetic interference. But if they are installed next to electric cables, this raises the chance that there will be interference which could result in an inferior signal or slow-running network.
Data cabling is an integral part of your IT network. It’s vitally important that the infrastructure has been expertly installed and tested to ensure ultimate performance and that you’ve met best practices.
Once the infrastructure cable is installed, ICS can assist with the appropriate types of data switches to ensure that your data doesn’t bottleneck as it leaves the physical layer of your network and arrives at the switching and routing layer.
With our Fluke Testing Gear, ICS can test and certify your cabling. We’ll provide you with a printed report demonstrating that every cable is terminated correctly, certified for the appropriate speed, and within the specifications of length without electromagnetic interference.
From CAT 6 to CAT 7 Cable, ICS can install, test and ensure that your new office has the fastest possible data cabling infrastructure to operate your business IT efficiently.