Data Cabling

Data Cabling

Data cabling from £50 per port

Backed with a 25-year manufacturer warranty

A professionally installed, standards compliant network will work beautifully for many years, and is likely to long outlive any device you attach to it – so it is vital you choose a qualified installer who understands the standards, and invests in the latest test equipment and training.

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.

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    Free estimates
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    Dedicated Data Cabling engineers
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    Fibre Optic specialists
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    Approved in local authorities & Healthcare
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    Testing to latest standards

    FAQs 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 cabinet.

    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.

    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 buildings?

    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 across 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 for CCTV cameras, wireless access points, access control systems, displays & projectors, cashless catering etc.

    Which cabling should I choose?

    Cable TypeOur Expert ViewData Speed / Distance
    Cat.5 (copper twisted pair)Not available100Mbps / 100m
    Cat.5e (copper twisted pair)Slightly cheaper than Cat.61Gbps / 100m
    Cat.6 (copper twisted pair)Most popular for internal building wiring1Gbps / 100m
    Cat.6a (copper twisted pair)For data centres or where equipment demands high current PoE10Gbps / 100m
    Cat.7 (copper twisted pair)There is no equipment available with connectors supporting this standard (Not Recommended)10Gps / 100m
    Cat.7a (copper twisted pair)There is no equipment available with connectors supporting this standard (Not Recommended)10Gps / 100m
    Cat.8.1 (copper twisted pair)Standard not ratified by ISO and will only be intended for data centres10Gbps / 100m
    Cat.8.2 (copper twisted pair)As Cat.8.1 but connector interface not backward compatible with RJ4510Gbps / 100m
    25/40Gbps / 30m
    OM1 (fibre optic)Be careful, different size fibre to OM2,OM3,OM4,OM51Gbps / 275m
    10Gbps / 32m
    OM2 (fibre optic)Use OM41Gbps / 550m
    10Gbps / 82m
    OM3 (fibre optic)Use OM41Gbps / 550m
    10Gbps / 300m
    40Gbps / 100m
    100Gbps / 100m
    OM4 (fibre optic)Use between buildings or where distance between cabinets is >90m or 10Gbps links required1Gbps / 1100m
    10Gbps / 550m
    40Gbps / 150m
    100Gbps / 150m
    OM5 (fibre optic)Standard not ratified by ISO. Wideband version of OM4 supporting higher speeds. Primary use: Data Centre.As OM4 but with -
    400Gbps / 150m
    OS1 (fibre optic)Use OS21Gbps / 2km
    10Gbps / 2km
    100Gbps / 40km
    OS2 (fibre optic)Extended distance between buildings1Gbps / 40km
    10Gbps / 10km
    100Gbps / 5km

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