Data Cabling | Network Cabling

Data Cabling | Network Cabling

Data Cabling is a specialist skill that requires the right knowledge and experience as well as the right tools to test and certify the work afterwards. We are called out quite often to called correct issues caused poor quality network cabling works and fault finding afterwards is always more complicated than having the job done correctly first time.

This may come as a surprise but the truth is that your average handy man or electrician generally isn’t very good at data cabling work.

Network Cabling or Structured Cabling is at the core of most computer networks so choosing the right solution for the situation and deploying it correctly is critical to network performance when systems go live. 777 networks install data cabling in Leeds and all over the UK. We will provide cabling solutions and expertise to deliver the necessary infrastructure whether you are:

  • Building from the ground up
  • Renovating office space
  • Computerising warehouses
  • Extending the reach of data and systems in a branch
  • Linking to a remote site

We use enterprise grade components in all our Computer Network Cabling designs ensuring maximum performance, quality and longevity to deliver 100% availability and throughout to any device or systems that transmits across the network. Our most common installations use one or more of the following products:

Cat5e:  Cat5e data cabling the cheapest and most readily available cable type. It offers data speeds of 1000Mpbs or 1Gbps (Gigabit) for a 100 metre distance. This is the most cost effective cable for most offices where ‘normal’ connectivity is required to the PCs or Printers and it is the easiest to work with. At the present time most budget and mid range network switches, PC’s and Laptops contain Gigabit Speed ports so until recently Cat5e was the most  common choice for data cabling to the desk in office or residential applications.

Cat6: Cat6 data cabling is an improved version of Cat5e cable. It offers a better quality data transmission due to its thicker copper cores and the use of a central spline to separate the twisted pairs offering reduced crosstalk and improved bandwidth. While still rated at 1Gbps speed for a 100 metre run the better quality means the cable can actually carry 10Gbps (10 Gigabit) signal for up to 55 metres. The price of Cat6 cables have dropped significantly over the last few years to only a small amount more that of Cat5e so on most new cabling installations Cat6 cable is now the preferred option where Cat5e cable would have been historically.

Cat6a: Cat6a Data Cabling (or Cat6 ‘augmented’) is an upgraded version of Cat6. This type of data cable is significantly thicker, heavier and more expensive that Cat5e/Cat6 cable. Cat6a data cable also require special care during installation as the cable integrity can easily compromised if not handled correctly. Higher data speeds are possible with Cat6a cable, its rated at 10Gbps for a 100 metre run and because of this it is the cable of choice for those looking to ‘future proof’ new data network installation as the use of 10 Gig equipment gains momentum and is already found in many servers for and enterprise switches.

Fibre Optic Data Cabling: We use Fibre Data cabling where standard copper data cable just isn’t suitable. Typical examples would include situations where cable connections between data cabinets or devices are over 100 metres in distance, we need very high data speed and high bandwidth or where interference from metal based cabling must be eliminated. Most mid range network switches include ports that can be used for fibre channel connections meaning fibre can be added to a traditional copper cabled network without having to replace any equipment.

Warning: The cabling category standards require the manufacturing process to use pure copper in the cables because of its electrical conduction properties however in recent times there has been a rise of unscrupulous companies manufacturing and importing low quality data cable that is actually Copper Coated Aluminium (CCA) – this ‘fake’ cable is being sold on the internet as well as through electrical distributors and can lead to a number of issues during and post installation. CCA data cable should be avoided at all cost. If you find that this type of cable has been used in an installation at your office you should call the supplier and have it removed.

All our data cabling work is fully tested to ISO/IEC Standards using the latest calibrated equipment and is fully warrantied for 100% peace of mind.