Frequently Asked Questions 2017-07-20T05:46:08+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions

This page deals with some of the most common questions we get asked – if you have a question that you can’t find the answer to below, or by searching our website, then please ask us.

You can always email us or phone free on 0333 900 0101.

What is structured cabling? 2017-07-20T03:33:30+00:00

Call it whatever you choose – structured cabling, data cabling, Cat 5, Cat 5e, Cat 6 or 10Gig fibre optic – network cabling is the foundation of almost any communication system, be it data, voice, VoIP or wireless. Network cable is highly sensitive and must not be confused with electrical wiring. It must be professionally installed to ensure an efficient system which will be robust but versatile over its whole life.

When is structured cabling needed? 2017-07-20T03:33:45+00:00

Our experience shows that businesses are working harder to gain and maintain competitive advantage. Clients are therefore more demanding and their expectations are high, especially in this, a buyers’ market. A successful business must respond quickly to meet these raised demands and be flexible enough to deal with the constant change of personnel, equipment and technology.

Advanced information technology is very often the facilitator of significant change – voice, data, video, fibre and multimedia are the essential tools of a modern business – but the speed of advances in technology brings its own challenges. New hardware and software, high-speed access and multiple users put pressure on existing cabling systems and data networks where ‘bottlenecks’ can limit performance and – worst case scenario – lead to network failure.

How does it help? 2017-07-20T03:33:57+00:00

So, how to tackle this seemingly circular dilemma? The answer is to install a universal platform – ie, a structured cabling system – which will support multiple voice, data, video and multimedia systems regardless of their manufacturer and which will allow your business, and the technology supporting it, to change, develop and expand in line with client and market demand.

What are the benefits? 2017-07-20T03:34:04+00:00

Freedom to use communications equipment from any manufacturer By building a network cabling infrastructure based on standards rather than manufacturers’ specifications, you can use a mix of applications and hardware from a variety of sources.

De-stress moves and changes 2017-07-20T03:34:09+00:00

Relocation and staff turnover are challenging events in themselves. Well-installed structured cabling delivers flexibility in terms of size and location.

Simplify troubleshooting 2017-07-20T03:34:14+00:00

With a structured wiring system, problems are easier to isolate, easier to fix and less likely to cause complete network failure.

Inherent risk management 2017-07-20T03:34:20+00:00

Using fully accredited and trained installers and choosing standards-based Cat5, Cat5e, Cat6 or 10Gig network cables and data networking systems, support for current and future applications, with little if any system upgrades, is ensured.

Whole-life costs 2017-07-20T03:34:24+00:00

Cabling is almost certainly the least expensive element of the costs of any communication system—about 11% of the total cost. Conversely, it has the longest life cycle of any system component. It makes sense, therefore, to invest in the best possible quality of data cabling systems and the most experienced, proficient and accredited installation companies.

The choices 2017-07-20T03:34:31+00:00

We will help you evaluate, design and install the optimal integrated system for your company. We supply, install and maintain: Copper Infrastructure Cabling Solutions, Fibre Optic Cabling Solutions, Low-voltage Cabling Solutions, Wireless and VoIP.

Why should I consider structured cabling at all? 2017-07-20T03:34:39+00:00

A well–thought-out and properly installed network cabling system is the underlying structure for all communication requirements.

It will support a range of applications and allow for change and growth with ease and at low cost. Designed to alleviate workflow disruption and network down time associated with office restructuring, no other element of your communications structure has a longer life cycle or requires such close consideration.

At what stage should I consider structured cabling? 2017-07-20T03:34:44+00:00

A network cabling installation will bring benefits at any stage. Ideally, however, those benefits should be maximised when the installation is an integral element of corporate planning – for example, when planning an office move, new build, refit or technology upgrade.

Issues you will need to consider 2017-07-20T03:34:50+00:00

Duration of occupation: How long you will be in the building. If you are moving into temporary quarters for say 18 months, there is less reason to put in higher performance cabling – you may not be there long enough to take advantage of it.

Ownership and investment: If you own the building, rather than lease it, you may stay there longer and be more likely to upgrade your technology enough times to justify higher performing cabling. You may even marginally increase the value of the building by putting in the right system

How risk sensitive is your company?: Downtime of your systems is inevitable if re-cabling is necessary. It also might be a possibility if the system you install is not up to the job.

In a stock brokerage, for example, being down for even an hour might cost millions. Likewise, a financial back office operation or a credit card clearing office can’t tolerate any down time. Government or military installations may have the same intolerance of interruptions for security reasons.

These customers should put in the best cabling they can find.

There are numerous other aspects to be addressed such as:

  • the size of your business
  • expected growth rate
  • transmission speeds and capacities needed
  • whether technology is part of your corporate culture and identity.
What should I be looking for when choosing an installer? 2017-07-20T03:34:54+00:00

A good installer would be able to demonstrate:

  • trained and certified professional staff
  • value-added support services eg,
  • design assistance,
  • contractor referrals,
  • installation audits,
  • continuing education, etc. (such programs and services allow you to form a business partnership with the vendor rather than just purchasing components).

What warranties should I expect?

Warranties vary greatly. Some only offer coverage for components (usually referred to as a product warranty). Product warranties may provide adequate coverage for your needs, however, be sure that any product replaced is new and not refurbished

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