Voice Data Cabling Services
Cabling systems are categorized by the levels of data they are able to sustain. Category 3, commonly referred to as Cat-3, is an unshielded twisted pair (UTP).
Short for Category 6, Cat-6 network cabling is used as the cabling infrastructure for 10BASE-T (Ethernet), 100BASE-TX (Fast Ethernet), 1000BASE-T (Gigabit Ethernet, or GbE) and 10GBASE-T (10-Gigabit Ethernet, or 10 GbE) networks.
Category 5 (Cat-5) cable is also a twisted pair cable used for carrying signals. Cat-5 is used in structured cabling for networks such as Ethernet, telephony and video.
CAT6A cable – Can support speed of up to 10Gbps and frequencies of up to 500 Mhz. It is increasingly more popular as a tie cable between suites or building that are less than 100 Meter an much lower cost to fiber if distant is fairly short.
Short for Category 5 Enhanced, Cat-5e network cabling is used as a cabling infrastructure for 10BASE-T (Ethernet), full duplex 100BASE-TX (Fast Ethernet) and 1000BASE-T (Gigabit Ethernet, or GbE) networks.
Coaxial cabling is the primary type of cabling used by the cable television industry and is also widely used for computer networks, such as Ethernet.
Do you offer cable certification when you run/install cables?
That’s a good question. Typically when we run a cable, we test it for continuity and basic test. This typically is sufficient for most clients. However, if you require a each cable to be certify, please let us know, and we can do that for a small fee to help us cover the extra time it takes to test, documents, and send reports/certifications.
Is there any job to small or too big?
No. Whether you need 1 cable from the d'marc extended, or just simply test and fix a few bad cables, or a full voice and data cabling infrastructure completed in a short notice, give use a call, after all we do offer free no obligation estimates.
What is a Plenum cable?
Plenum cable is cable which is rated to be run through plenum spaces. It has two major requirement in a nutshell: It cannot burn easily and not emit toxic fumes when exposed to extreme heat. Plenum space is the space normally above the suspended ceiling, however some buildings have plenum space under the raised floor. Plenum cables are typically more expensive then PVC Cables. Most offices building in TEXAS now requires the use of Plenum cables.
What is a PVC Cable?
PVC (Poly Vinyl Chloride) Cable is the most common type of cable used prior to Plenum cable. If a fire occurs, these cables can emit large amount of toxic smoke. It will also burn much faster. PVC cables are typically less expensive then Plenum cables.
What is the difference between Cat3, Cat5, Cat5e, Cat6, etc?
First of all cost. The higher the category tends to be more expensive. In a nutshell - Cat 3 has less twists per inch than Cat 5. Cat 5 has less twist then cat 5e. Cat 5e has less twist than Cat 6. Cat 3 are typically used for telephones, as they are only used for 10Mbps Network. Cat 5 are typically used for 100Mbps Network. Cat 5e and Cat 6 are typically used for (1000Mbps) Gigabit Network.
Installations for use in our Ethernet network?
In most circumstances we currently recommend Cat 5e. The 5e product we use has been tested by the manufacturer to the the 200Mhz level which will leave adequate bandwidth for current and future applications while helping to keep installation costs down. However if cost is less of an issue and you're seriously concerned with higher data rates for future applications then we would recommend Cat 6.
Can Cat5e/Cat6 work with our existing Cat5 patch panel?
Yes, BUT if different category components, such as a patch panel or a jack are used with a higher category component such as a higher level of cable then your data lines will only perform to the level of the lower category device. So if you used Cat 6 cable with a Cat 5 patch panel you should only expect to get Cat 5 performance. For optimum performance ALL components (data cable, patch panel, jack, network switches, router, network card, and patch cables) must be of the same Category level.
What is the maximum length cable for offices?
According to the EIA/TIA-568 standards the end-to-end connection between network devices should not exceed 100 meters (328 feet). Note that 100 meters is total length including all patch cables. Officially no one single line from a patch panel to the outlet in the work area should exceed 90 meters (294 feet) so that you have length to spare (10 meters) for the patch cables running from the outlet to your computer and from the patch panel to your switch or hub.
What advantages do Cat5e/Cat6 voice/data systems have?
Having Cat 5e or 6 installed for both your data and phones offers you the flexibility to use your phone jacks as network jacks in the future (assuming you have the cables terminated onto a patch panel). If you use Cat 3 for your phones then your future use of those cables will be pretty much limited to that purpose. Note that while the price differential between Cat 3 and Cat 5e/6 is getting slimmer the one disadvantage is still that a Cat 5e or 6 installation will still be more expensive.