What Is Network Cabling?
By Data Installations & Supplies ltd
DIS has grown exponentially since its establishment. The company started out through carrying out network cabling projects for a range of clients. Since then, we’ve rapidly evolved. We have a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to copper data cabling and other forms of cabling installation, and we’ve supported many businesses and IT professionals to improve their network installation.
To help you understand a little bit more about one of our core services, we’re going to cover what network cabling is and how it works to aid operations in many instances.
What Is Network Cabling Used For?
Cabling for networks is essential when transferring data between the various components that make up the whole network. The cables, whether fibre optic or copper, link between routers, switches, computers and more. Depending on the needed architecture of a network system, different cables may be needed, as some are better for communications than others. For most commercial or office environments, copper data cabling is most prominently found, as these kinds of cables are one of the best options for communications. This typically comes in the form of something that’s called twisted pair cabling.
Twisted pair cabling is made up of ethernet cables which create a network, and are beneficial as they’re insulated well. The improved insulation means that other potential interference won’t be an issue with other network cables. There are also other varieties of cable available including the more recent fibre optic cabling.
Fibre Optic Cabling
Fibre optic cables have been a revolutionary development in technology, as they’re created with up to 24 strands of thin glass and wrapped in an insulated jacket. The way fibre optic works is through the transmission of light to transfer data and information, making it ultra fast for a range of applications. The use of them particularly provides a lot of benefits for those using the internet who require high speeds, which is why fibre optic cables are most used for internet uses.
Copper cables have been used widely for many years, and a lot of office networks do still rely on them today for communications. Copper cables are a lot more affordable when compared to fibre optic and still boast fast speeds for modern networks. This kind of cabling began with the use of Cat 3, known as the twisted pairs of wires, and is the most outdated type around today.
Other types include:
- Cat 5e
- Cat 6
- Cat 6a
- Cat 7
- Cat 7a
- Cat 8
All of the above types come in varying max data rates.
However, as the numbers increase with these types, so do the speeds the cable offers. Cat 7 is considered to be one of the fastest forms of copper cabling, as it boasts a speed of 10Gbps with Cat 8 producing even more. Depending on the business’ requirements, they may require such speeds to keep up with their intended operations. However, the most common type of copper cables is the Cat 5e type. They’re suitable for most circumstances including both the office and at home, ensuring efficient day to day use.
Which Network Cabling Is Right For Me?
Data cabling is the broad term used for a wide range of cables available. This sometimes makes it difficult to understand which is the right to install for its intended use. The above is a short breakdown of some of the types of cabling available, however, extra support is often needed for the best informed decision.
Here at DIS, we are considered pioneers of the network cabling industry. We first began work with IBM to ensure they had the right cabling systems in place for their requirements. Since then our knowledge and experience has grown together with the development of cabling.
If you require advice and installation support for your network installation and data cabling structure, we have an experienced team who can carry out the work. Please contact us today for more information.