Data Cabling

Your network cabling will outlive any device you connect to it

Your network is the core of your business and needs to be of the highest quality

You wouldn't build a house on poor foundations...

so it's vital to install a high quality structured cabling system.

It is important you choose an installer who understands the standards and invests in ongoing training of their engineering teams. It is also important your structured cabling system is tested to the latest standards. As a professional installer, we will provide you with a manufacturer backed 25-year warranty.

Our specialist teams have installed thousands of miles of cabling throughout a wide range of environments. They receive ongoing training in all aspects of Health & Safety and product development. Our investment in test equipment means we can test Category 6A in just 8 seconds, which significantly reduces our labour costs and ultimately, our price to you.

Call to speak with a cabling expert and free consultation.

Prices start from just £50 per port

Which cabling should I choose?

Our Expert View

Data Speed

Distance

Cat.5 (copper twisted pair)

Not available

100Mbps

100m

Cat.5e (copper twisted pair)

Slightly cheaper than Cat.6

1Gbps

100m

Cat.6 (copper twisted pair)

Most popular for internal building wiring

1Gbps

100m

Cat.6a (copper twisted pair)

For data centres or where equipment demands high current PoE

10Gbps

100m

Cat.7 (copper twisted pair)

There is no equipment available with connectors supporting this standard

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-

Cat.7a (copper twisted pair)

There is no equipment available with connectors supporting this standard

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-

Cat.8 (copper twisted pair)

Standard not ratified by ISO and will only be intended for data centres

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-

OM1 (fibre optic)

Be careful, different size fibre to OM2,OM3,OM4

1Gbps
10Gbps

275m
32m

OM2 (fibre optic)

Use OM4

1Gbps
10Gbps

550m
82m

OM3 (fibre optic)

Use OM4

1Gbps
10Gbps
40Gbps
100Gbps

550m
300m
100m
100m

OM4 (fibre optic)

Use between buildings or where distance between cabinets is >90m or 10Gbps links required

1Gbps
10Gbps
40Gbps
100Gbps

1100m
550m
150m
150m

OS1 (fibre optic)

Use OS2

1Gbps
10Gbps
100Gbps

2km
2km
40km

OS2 (fibre optic)

Extended distance between buildings

1Gbps
10Gbps
100Gbps

5km
10km
40km

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Call us today to discuss the right solution for you

We are technical experts not salespeople.

 

Telephone: 0800 1313 100

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Frequently Asked Questions about data cabling?

What comms cabinet do I need?

One of our technical experts will discuss your requirements - taking into consideration the servers and equipment you need both now and in the future, and of course the space you have available.

We will also assess your environment to ensure security, power and cooling is appropriate and consider the impact of noise pollution from the rack.

My electrician says he can install my data cabling - should I let him?

If your electrician has invested in training and testers - and is providing you with a 25-year system warranty along with certified results of each cable installed - then yes, let him do it.

Otherwise, we suggest you engage a professional. Our charges can be less than you think.

This looks easy, why can't I install data cabling myself?

Whilst we see no harm in you installing long patch leads, we would suggest you do not install data cabling. You will not have the tools, training or testers. A professional is likely to install much quicker, leaving you free to do your day to day tasks.

Do I need optical fibre between cabinets?

This will depend on the distance between your cabinets and the speed you wish to operate. If Gigabit links are okay, and your cabinets are within 90m, then we feel Cat.5e/Cat.6 is sufficient.

Do I need optical fibre between buldings?

We generally recommend optical fibre for this application. Optical fibre is electrically isolated and ideally suited for running overhead or underground, whilst avoiding lightning related issues.

Additionally, optical fibre can maintain higher speeds over further distances.

What cabling standard do I need?

The majority of our office installations are based on Cat.6. We use Cat.6a for data centres or feeding Wireless Access Points (WAPs) where they demand high power PoE.

Which cabling vendor should I choose?

All our products come with 25 year warranty which is backed by each manufacturer, so you can be sure we only supply quality products designed to last.

Excel is our most economical option, quality is good and their range is extensive making it suitable for most environments and applications. Excel is now the most widely installed system in the UK.

Hellerman-Tyton is a favourite in the public sector, well known for its robustness and resilience. Particularly popular in Education and Health where the sockets need to be extra tough. Brand-Rex also falls within this category.

Commscope is considered the best. They have extensive reach accross the globe and are often the vendor of choice for blue chips and global organisations. Also a favourite for data centres where the best is vital. Commscope are well known for their investment in R&D, which has led them to have the smallest diameter Cat.6A cable, which reduces containment sizing and weight for floor loads.

How many data ports should I have installed?

When "flood wiring" a building, 2 ports are generally installed per desk, whilst ensuring there are plenty of spares for other network devices such as; printers, franking machine, Internet radio player etc.

However, with VoIP based telephone systems, only a single port is required per desk to connect both the PC and telephone. This can represent a significant saving in the cost of your data cabling, which would justify the upgrade to a VoIP telephone system.

Also consider installing data cables to CCTV camera and WAP (Wireless Access Point) positions access control provision, audio visual locations and cashless catering.

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