Expertly installed data cable

Data cabling from £50 per port

Backed with a 25-year manufacturer warranty

A professionally installed, standards compliant network will work beautifully for many years, and is likely to long outlive any device you attach to it - so it is vital you choose a qualified installer who understands the standards, and invests in the latest test equipment and training.

Our specialist teams have installed thousands of miles of cabling throughout a wide range of environments. They receive ongoing training in all aspects of Health & Safety and product development. Our investment in test equipment means we can test Category 6A in just 8 seconds, which significantly reduces our labour costs and ultimately, our price to you.

Which cabling should I choose?

Our Expert View

Data Speed

Distance

Cat.5 (copper twisted pair)

Not available

100Mbps

100m

Cat.5e (copper twisted pair)

Slightly cheaper than Cat.6

1Gbps

100m

Cat.6 (copper twisted pair)

Most popular for internal building wiring

1Gbps

100m

Cat.6a (copper twisted pair)

For data centres or where equipment demands high current PoE

10Gbps

100m

Cat.7 (copper twisted pair)

There is no equipment available with connectors supporting this standard
(Not Recommended)

10Gps

100m

Cat.7a (copper twisted pair)

There is no equipment available with connectors supporting this standard
(Not recommended)

10Gbps

100m

Cat.8.1 (copper twisted pair)

Standard not ratified by ISO and will only be intended for data centres
(Use OM4 for 25/40Gbps)

10Gbps
25/40Gbps

100m
30m

Cat.8.2 (copper twisted pair)

As Cat.8.1 but connector interface not backward compatible with RJ45
(Use OM4 for 25/40Gbps)

10Gbps
25/40Gbps

100m
30m

OM1 (fibre optic)

Be careful, different size fibre to OM2,OM3,OM4,OM5

1Gbps
10Gbps

275m
32m

OM2 (fibre optic)

Use OM4

1Gbps
10Gbps

550m
82m

OM3 (fibre optic)

Use OM4

1Gbps
10Gbps
40Gbps
100Gbps

550m
300m
100m
100m

OM4 (fibre optic)

Use between buildings or where distance between cabinets is >90m or 10Gbps links required

1Gbps
10Gbps
40Gbps
100Gbps

1100m
550m
150m
150m

OM5 (fibre optic)

Standard not ratified by ISO. Wideband verson of OM4 supporting higher speeds. Primary use: Data Centre.

As OM4 but with
400Gbps


150m

OS1 (fibre optic)

Use OS2

1Gbps
10Gbps
100Gbps

2km
2km
40km

OS2 (fibre optic)

Extended distance between buildings

1Gbps
10Gbps
100Gbps

40km
10km
5km

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Frequently Asked Questions about data cabling?

What comms cabinet do I need?

One of our technical experts will discuss your requirements - taking into consideration the servers and equipment you need both now and in the future, and of course the space you have available.

We will also assess your environment to ensure security, power and cooling is appropriate and consider the impact of noise pollution from the cabinet.

My electrician says he can install my data cabling - should I let him?

If your electrician has invested in training and testers - and is providing you with a 25-year system warranty along with certified results of each cable installed - then yes, let him do it.

Otherwise, we suggest you engage a professional. Our charges can be less than you think.

This looks easy, why can't I install data cabling myself?

Whilst we see no harm in you installing long patch leads, we would suggest you do not install data cabling. You will not have the tools, training or testers. A professional is likely to install much quicker, leaving you free to do your day to day tasks.

Do I need optical fibre between cabinets?

This will depend on the distance between your cabinets and the speed you wish to operate. If Gigabit links are okay, and your cabinets are within 90m, then we feel Cat.5e/Cat.6 is sufficient.

Do I need optical fibre between buldings?

We generally recommend optical fibre for this application. Optical fibre is electrically isolated and ideally suited for running overhead or underground, whilst avoiding lightning related issues.

Additionally, optical fibre can maintain higher speeds over further distances.

What cabling standard do I need?

The majority of our office installations are based on Cat.6. We use Cat.6a for data centres or feeding Wireless Access Points (WAPs) where they demand high power PoE.

Which cabling vendor should I choose?

All our products come with 25 year warranty which is backed by each manufacturer, so you can be sure we only supply quality products designed to last.

Excel is our most economical option, quality is good and their range is extensive making it suitable for most environments and applications. Excel is now the most widely installed system in the UK.

Hellerman-Tyton is a favourite in the public sector, well known for its robustness and resilience. Particularly popular in Education and Health where the sockets need to be extra tough. Brand-Rex also falls within this category.

Commscope is considered the best. They have extensive reach accross the globe and are often the vendor of choice for blue chips and global organisations. Also a favourite for data centres where the best is vital. Commscope are well known for their investment in R&D, which has led them to have the smallest diameter Cat.6A cable, which reduces containment sizing and weight for floor loads.

How many data ports should I have installed?

When "flood wiring" a building, 2 ports are generally installed per desk, whilst ensuring there are plenty of spares for other network devices such as; printers, franking machine, Internet radio player etc.

However, with VoIP based telephone systems, only a single port is required per desk to connect both the PC and telephone. This can represent a significant saving in the cost of your data cabling, which would justify the upgrade to a VoIP telephone system.

Also consider installing data cables for CCTV cameras, wireless access points, access control systems, displays & projectors, cashless catering etc.

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