We work with qualified specialists to provide fully certified network cabling installations, these can be Cat5 or 6 structured cabling, fibre optic cabling or regularly a mix of the two whereby fibre optic is used to link floors or buildings and structured cabling used to privide the local connectivity. The local connectivity can be enhanced with secure wireless access points to provide a fully functional, fast infrastructure.
Structured Cabling Installation and Extension
Structured cabling is currently accepted as the preferred method to transfer data and other information around commercial and even domestic home environments.
The infrastructure usually consists of Category 5E or Category 6 cable, This cable is made up of four twisted pairs enabling speed of up to a GigaBit per second data transfer. These pair are carefully 'balanced' to ensure acceptable high frequency performance up to 200 Mhz.
The cables are routed in a 'star' configuration from a central pointto the areas where the services are required and terminated with wall, skirting or floor mounted RJ45 data ports.
Our fully qualified installers will work with you to provide advice and a complete cost breakdown for any installation from the addition af a couple of extra data points to complete installations in new build units.
Identifying Network Speed and Connectivity Issues
Our Microsoft Certified Network Engineers can run various tests to establish whether network speed issues are software related, hardware related or are down to issues with your network cabling infrastructure. If the cabling is suspected we can arrange for full cabling health checks to be undertaken.
Cabling Health Checks
We can arrange the testing of existing copper and fibre networks for industry compliance.
The most common problems with installed structured cabling are return loss, cross talk, delay skew, attenuation and powersum equal level cross talk. The most common fault during installation of cables are reversed pairs and split pairs.
We can also arrange to test for cable length, broken pairs and network traffic. None of these faults will show up with a multi-meter or basic tester. All links must be tested with a commercial specification, industry compliant tester. This testing is essential for network protocol compliance, speed and reliability.
Compared to copper cables, fibre cable is relatively easy to diagnose. Attenuation or light loss is the main cause of fibre failure. However fibre cabling is more difficult to repair as it involves costly termination and diagnostic equipment.
Fibre cables have slight light loss at every joint or termination and if the fibre is curved beyond its recommended bend radius, but as long as the light loss over the length of the cable is within parameters set for the cable it will pass the test. This can be diagnosed with a light loss meter to measure the attenuation.
We must stress that correct installation practice and accurate testing is imperative to network reliability and performance.