Wired networks play a vital role in a building's network infrastructure. They enable high speed and reliable data connectivity between networked devices, and provide the foundations for newer IP based systems such as connected access control or CCTV.
Whilst many would think that wired networks are becoming obsolete, this couldn’t be further from the truth. As the industry moves towards IP based systems, such as IP CCTV and managed access control systems, there is a growing demand for structured cabling to support the infrastructure that helps them to operate. A wired network is also the ideal solution for offices with a large number of workstations. With a wired network, each user has a physical connection to the backbone network and can access resources such as the internet or file servers at very high speeds. In addition to speed, wired networks offer another significant advantage by way of reduced latency. Latency is the time it takes for a request made by a workstation to a server for information, and for that information to be sent back. A good example of this is how quick a page starts to load after a link is clicked on a web page. A connection with low latency can provide a very responsive experience, and software packages that send and receive many requests to a server (such as an accounting software) will see great benefits from a wired network.
The cabling that supports a wired network comes in different forms, with each having its own benefits and features. The choice of cable will depend on your specific requirements. One of the major differences is the level of shielding around the internal copper wires which reduces the level of interference during data transmission. The higher the cable specification, the higher probability of attaining better transmission speeds. The table below summaries the key differences between the cable types an which you might choose:
From wall to workstation
From cabinet to wall
Yes, and Foiled pairs
* Maximum transfer speeds for a single run of 100m of cable
Cat5e and Cat6 cables continue to dominate and are the common choice. Cat5e is the de facto standard for most new network installations as it provides a great balance between speed and cost, whilst maintaining a high level of reliability. Cat5e cables are well suited for cabling from a wall outlet to a workstation or device. Cat6 cables on the other hand enable customers who want to achieve a reliable Gigabit network. Cat6 cables provide a superior level of shielding and cable construction, which helps to reduce cross-cable interference and provides a reliable connection. Cat6 cabling is excellent for use in the main network infrastructure and backbone.
At Ridge IT, we take care of your network installation from initial site surveys to handover and ongoing support. We will provide you with a bespoke network solution around the needs of your business by utilising the latest in technology to help you deliver a great networking experience to your business and customers. Our deployments typically consist of a central data cabinet that house all IT equipment, with data cables running to the required locations. For larger buildings, or deployments across multiple floors, we utilise individual cabinets on each floor that are linked together with a high speed data link.
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