Which copper cabling installation type is right for you?
As the demands on copper cabling have continually increased, so the cable itself has been upgraded to suit the task. As a result there are different categories of cabling to choose from:
- Cat 3: This form of cabling involves twisted pairs of copper wire, Cat 3 is now quite dated and its speed capabilities are slow with just a 16 MHz bandwidth.
- Cat 5 and Cat 5e: Again this standard kind of data cable is made of two twisted copper wires and has a bandwidth of 100MHz; as a result it is found in a great many Ethernet networks.
- Cat6 and Cat6a: Using the same twisted copper design, Cat 6 cable is a more durable cable at high speeds and provides a bandwidth up to 250 MHz.
- Cat 7: This category of copper cabling is currently able to handle the highest speeds and provides the largest bandwidth at 600MHz.
Each increase in category comes with an increase in cost, so it’s important to balance the potential needs of your business, both now and in the near future with the respective costs.
Specialist advice for your IT needs
ACCL is an expert at specifying copper cable networks and can help you to make the right decision. Our company has years of experience installing copper cabling networks to help businesses optimise voice and data communications. We also install fibre optic networks and can advise you on which type of network will be best for your business, now and into the future.