DIgital City Service: Network Cabling for stores & offices.
We have technicians who can help outfit your company with the information and communication infrastructure it needs to meet the demands of your business. Here are your choices:
●CAT5 cable – used mainly for data transmission and was designed for characteristics of up to 100MHz. It is typically used for Ethernet networks running at 10 or 100 Mbps.
●CAT5e cable – stands for “Cat5 Enhanced”, it became the standard cable and offers significantly improved performance over the old Cat5 cable, including up to 10 times faster speeds and a significantly greater ability to traverse distances without being impacted by cross-talk.
●CAT6 cable – provides higher performance than CAT5e and features more rigorous standard of performance based on specifications for crosstalk and system noise.
It is primarily being used as the backbone to networks, instead of being run to workstations. The reason for this (beyond cost) is the fact that, while Cat6 cables can handle up to 10 Gigabits of data, that bandwidth is limited to 164 feet — anything beyond that will rapidly decay to only 1 Gigabit (the same as Cat5E).
Cat6A is the newest iteration and utilizes an exceptionally thick plastic casing that helps further reduce crosstalk. The biggest distinguishing difference between Cat6 and Cat6A cables is that Cat6A can maintain 10 Gigabit speeds for the full 328 feet of Ethernet cable.
●Fiber Optic cable – provides higher bandwidth, higher capacity and can transmit data over longer distances compared to wired cables. The amount of network bandwidth a fiber cable can carry easily exceeds that of a copper cable with similar thickness. Fiber cables rated at 10 Gbps, 40 Gbps and even 100 Gbps are standard. Since light can travel much longer distances down a fiber cable without losing its strength, it lessens the need for signal boosters. Fiber is also less susceptible to interference. A traditional network cable requires special shielding to protect it from electromagnetic interference. While this shielding helps, it is not sufficient to prevent interference when many cables are strung together in close proximity to each other. The physical properties of glass and fiber cables avoid most of these issues.
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