Data Installation & Supplies Ltd
Data Installation & Supplies Ltd
Data Installation & Supplies Ltd
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Copper Data Cabling

Copper data cabling is a very solid foundation for your network infrastructure. It is a cost-effective, reliable solution, allowing you to benefit from high speeds and durability for many years to come.

There is a variety of copper data cabling categories available, with different types being suitable for different applications, speeds and quality. Our experienced engineers will work with you to design a system using the right cabling for your needs.

Whilst many competitors, such as fibre optic data cabling, have entered the arena of data cabling, copper still holds its own as a reliable and durable option with a lower entry barrier when it comes to price. If you’re considering updating your network to suit your growing needs but are put off by the investment required by fibre, a copper-wired system could be ideal.

Copper Cabling Uses

Copper data cabling can find uses in several projects, including but not limited to Internal Workplace Networks, Office Internet Connections and Temporary Site Connectivity

The versatility and cost-effectiveness of this type of cable make it perfect for creating a stable connection for a relatively low cost. If you don’t require the increased bandwidth, speeds and distances offered by fibre optic cabling, then copper is a cheaper, adequate option for your requirements.

Industries

Internet connections and networks are required by almost every industry now, meaning that copper cabling can find use with any business. If you’re unsure about whether copper cables are right for you, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for a survey or more information.

Benefits

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Cost-Effective

Fibre optic cables are the new kid on the block and this is reflected within the investment required to set up a full network with them. Whilst some people may be snubbing copper and shifting over to the new shiny thing, copper can perform in a similar capacity for a much lower price. If your business doesn’t require the higher speeds or longer distances that fibre can support, then copper is an adequate solution.

Improved Conductivity

It cannot be understated how well copper is suited to data transfer when compared to other non-precious metals. Only silver tops it when it comes to electrical conductivity, but it would be incredibly expensive to create lengths of cables using it. As it can manage a larger load of power, less insulation and armouring can be used on the wires, lowering the cost further.

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Resistant

Copper wires are tough cookies when it comes to environmental resistances. They’re incredibly resistant to heat, making overloading almost a non-issue, although a DIS-designed system will be planned and installed in such a way to minimise this risk anyway. Whilst the copper may be subject to tarnishing, this will just be a visual effect and the cable will still function to the same capacity.

Ideal Characteristics

Thanks to its high levels of ductility and malleability, copper can be used in wires, thinner than a strand of human hair and still retain the properties that make it an excellent candidate for data transfer. It is also highly malleable, which means it can be bent and reshaped with little chance of breakage. These characteristics allow copper to be incredibly versatile and used for both thick cable bundles and thin internal wires.

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Compatibility

Whilst fibre may be capable of higher bandwidth, this can be limited by the computer’s Network Interface Card (NIC). Most computers will be equipped with a copper NIC and making the change to fibre-compatible NICs or buying a slew of new computers to support this new type of cabling can cost a small fortune.

Power Over Ethernet

This technology brings many advantages to a network, and cannot be offered by fibre optic cables due them utilising light to transfer data rather than electricity. PoE turns Ethernet into a dual-purpose cable, providing data and electricity to a device. This is ideal for installing IP CCTV cameras as only one wire is required to get them up and running. However, this feature can save time and money across many applications, increasing the value of copper data cables even further.

Types of cables we may use

There are many different categories (normally shortened to Cat, sadly nothing to do with a furry friend!) of Ethernet cable that may be used within your system, but our expert engineers will be able to recommend the right cable for your needs. Below you can find the different Cat cables and some of their features.

Cat 5e cables

Cat 5e, or Cat 5 enhanced, took over from Cat 5 as the standard cable used in network infrastructure. The most basic of Ethernet cables, it’s designed to offer a consistent connection that can support speeds up to 1GB/s.

Cat 6 cables

Cat 6 is the next step up, supporting the same speed but with a higher bandwidth allowance. This extra bandwidth helps to make transfer, upload or download times faster, making it perfect for businesses that use those features frequently.

Cat 6a cables

Offering a much larger jump in speed and bandwidth from Cat 6 than Cat 5e to Cat 6, this cable can support up to 10GB/s of speed and 500MHz bandwidth. Featuring extensive shielding, interference is eliminated almost entirely too.

Cat 7 cables

Cat 7 offers the same speed capabilities as Cat 6a but has a 100MHz higher bandwidth cap. If your business is frequently downloading or uploading large files, this additional bandwidth can be key.

Cat 7a cables

If your business has advanced requirements, then this might be the option for you. Cat 7 augmented (Cat 7a) offers the same speeds of 10GB/s but boasts a whopping 1000MHz bandwidth. The average user likely won’t need something as extensive as this, but the option is there for businesses who are very network users.

Cat 8 cables

New to the market, Cat 8 Ethernet is slowly being introduced to network infrastructure. Blowing other copper cables out of the water with a whopping 40GB/s speed and up to 2000MHz bandwidth, Cat 8 is the crème de la crème of non-fibre data cabling. This offering may be much more than you currently use or are offered by your network provider, but it is a fully future-proofed option that is sure to last you a long time into the future.

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