Data Cabling

Structured cabling

Structured cabling provides a cable network, which allows your computers to communicate with each other; this network will work with your telephone solution as well. A good quality installed data cable infrastructure allows your network to run efficiently, to its full potential and provides reliability, therefore a must for any business.

We provide data cabling services to all size of business, from new builds, office moves, refurbishments, schools and colleges. Our engineers can recommend the most cost-effective solution for your business needs. We understand network cabling can cause disruption, so we will work with you to keep this to a minimum.

If your Comms Cabinet is a mass of tangled patch leads with no room to move. Why not let us relieve the strain and do a Cabinet Tidy up. From re-patching to adding some cable management, we will soon have your cabinet looking like new. What’s more, a tangled mess of cables is going to hinder your network performance, so let us put it right.

Fibre optic cabling

Fibre optic cables are steadily replacing copper wire as an appropriate means of transmitting data. They can span long distances between a local phone exchange and an end user, as well as provide the backbone for many network systems.

Fibre optic cable has a core that serves as a “light guide,” guiding the light (data) introduced at one end of the cable through to the other end.

Fibre cables offer fast, flexible connectivity – often over long distances, and come in a variety of flavours. Multimode and Single mode, and differing termination connector types, so it’s important to double-check your requirements!

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Cable trays in a data centre with cat 6 and fibre optic cables.

Precautions While Installing a Structured Cabling System

The best time to install structured cabling is while the home or business premise is being built as it becomes easier to run the cables through all the areas that require to be structurally cabled. It also ends up being more cost effective if it’s done in this manner. The maximum cable length should not exceed 90 or 94 m.

There should be one outlet cable for each outlet. If necessary, a transition or connection box can be used. The cables should not kink or get cut while they are pulled into place. The cable routes should be kept at least 60 mm away from power cables and fluorescent light fittings. Trays should also be used to support cables and tied together at a distance of 500mm on horizontal runs and less on vertical runs.

Protecting a Structured Cabling System

Care should be taken to ensure that there are no more than 48 cables in each loom. Cables should be protected from the lime present in the concrete of the floor as this can damage the cable. Partitions should be used to separate data cables from power cables.

The copper cores of the cables should not be damaged when the outlets are terminated and excess amounts of cable should not be left in the outlet box. All the cabinets housing the cables should be earthed.
Structured cabling is superior to conventional cabling as it can transmit more information at a faster rate and can handle telephones, fax machines, data communications and video and data signals.

Conventional cabling can only handle telephones, fax machines and data communications. A structured cabling system is more long-lasting than conventional systems and upgrades can be performed on such a system with a savings of 40 percent for material and labour. It therefore makes sense to opt for an SCS for your home/office.

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