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The most popular type of cabling today is CATx. This uses twisted paired cables which are similar to telephone wires, except they have 8 cores. CAT5 is graded to 100Mb/s although a good quality installation will see 10x this speed or 1Gb/sec. CAT5e is an enhanced version of the same and is the most common type used today, giving 1Gb/sec at the same cost as CAT5. Faster speeds can be achieved on CAT6 and beyond.

All the above run a completely separate cable for each and every point. A point is used for each computer, network printer, phone (for IP phones) and other network devices such as CCTV cameras (of the IP type). It is prudent to have spare points for headroom, should your needs grow. All the cables usually end up at a central location where the patch panels, rack mount cabinet(s), servers and phone lines are located. This is how all the services are distributed throughout the organisation. The maximum length per run is 100m which is enough for the majority of businesses, but longer runs are possible using repeaters or different types of cabling, typically fibre optic.

The best time to install cabling is during refurbishment. Here we can liaise with your electrical contractors to ensure a correct installation and help you reduce costs. We also have installed many IT cabling networks throughout existing buildings. Our expert installers are able to run these with minimum disruption to your work and building. We have even installed cabling at the British Museum, a site with walls over 1m thick, and where one is not allowed to drill though them or run cables along them. Try working out how to do that! Our guys did.

If you need advise on a cabling solution, help for your building contractors or a complete installation carried out by ourselves, or even to add more electrical sockets, talk to us or send in the contact form. Our prices are excellent and you will be safe in experienced hands.

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