NCC specializes in design, install, and maintaining low-voltage wiring for both voice and data. Our focus is on commercial installations, and we’ve worked with organizations of all sizes to ensure a perfect install. With over 20 years experience backing up our work, we will design and build any layout that your business requires.
Our cabling projects typically involve one or more of these common data cable types:
Cat 6 Cabling
Category 6 is an Ethernet cable standard defined by the Electronic Industries Association and Telecommunications Industry Association. Cat 6 is the sixth generation of twisted pair Ethernet cabling that is used in home and business networks. Cat 6 cabling is backward compatible with the Cat 5 and Cat 5e standards that preceded it.
The Category 6 Augmentedcable standard, or Cat 6a, was created to further improve the performance of Cat 6 Ethernet cables. Using Cat 6a enables 10 Gigabit Ethernet data rates over a single cable run up to 328 feet; Cat 6 supports 10 Gigabit Ethernet only up to 164 feet of cable length. With the higher performance, Cat 6a cables generally cost more than Cat 6, and they are slightly thicker. Cat 6a still uses the standard RJ-45 connectors.
Cat 5 / Cat 5e Cabling
Alternatively referred to as an Ethernet cable or LAN cable, a Cat 5 or category 5 is a network cable that consists of four twisted pairs of copper wire terminated by an RJ-45 connector. Cat 5 has a maximum length of 100m, exceeding this length without the aid of bridge or other network device could cause network issues.
Although CAT5 cable usually contains four pairs of copper wire, Fast Ethernet communications only use two pairs. The EIA/TIA published a newer Category 5 cable specification in 2001 called CAT5e (or CAT5 enhanced) designed to better support Gigabit Ethernet speeds of up to 1000 Mbps by using all four wire pairs. CAT5e cables additionally preserve backward compatibility with Fast Ethernet equipment.
Cat 3 Cabling
A Category 3 cable (Cat 3 cable) is a type of unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cable that is used for voice and data communications in computer and telecommunication networks. It is an Ethernet copper cable defined by the Electronics Industry Alliance (EIA) and Telecommunication Industry Association (TIA).
Cat 3 cable delivers good voice communication performance because it provides 16 MHz of bandwidth, which is more than enough for phone calls. It is also popular in network environments where electromagnetic interference is of minimal concern.
Fiber Optic Cabling
Optical fiber is a very thin strand of pure glass which acts as a waveguide for light over long distances. It uses a principle known as total internal reflection. Fiber optic cable is actually composed of two layers of glass: The core, which carries the actual light signal, and the cladding, which is a layer of glass surrounding the core. The cladding has a lower refractive index than the core. This causes Total Internal Reflection within the core. Most fibers operate in duplex pairs: one fiber is used to transmit and the other is used to receive. But it is possible to send both signals over a single strand. There are two main types of fiber optic cables: Single Mode Fiber (SMF) and Multi-Mode Fiber (MMF). The difference is basically in the size of the core. MMF has a much wider core, allowing multiple modes (or “rays”) of light to propagate. SMF has a very narrow core which allows only a single mode of light to propagate.
The Importance of Structured Cabling
An organized cabling system creates a much-needed level of simplicity in your physical network. A well thought out structured cabling plan eliminates the hassle of multiple, unnecessary wiring infrastructures running side-by-side. This means fewer opportunities for device failure, as well as easier diagnoses of any issues that might arise.
A scalable and highly-flexible network provides continuous service and will be able to cope with the high demands placed on it as your business grows. One simple cabling system also reduces power consumption and maintenance costs.
A Future-Proof Investment
Structured cabling creates a reliable infrastructure for supporting your business’ growth. Adaptable and scalable IT is vital in a time when so much of your business relies on technology. With structured cabling, you can rest assured your network infrastructure won’t become outdated and will be ready to support new applications as you deploy them.
A structured cabling system can quickly and easily accommodate moves, additions, and changes which dramatically reduces installation time and ensures optimum adaptability. This level of flexibility also makes the system easy to disassemble and move to a new location should the need arise.
Reduced Risk of Downtime
There is a high risk of human error with multiple, unorganized cabling structures. Simple mistakes can cause workflow disruptions and network downtime — things that your business can do without. A well-planned cabling system is far easier to work with, which means fewer mistakes will be made.
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