17 Things to Know When Planning A Cabling System

17 Things to Know When Planning A Cabling System

The following is a concise list of questions that need to be answered before a cabling system installation can be designed and planned. Specification 1. Where are the cables going from and to? 2. Is the cable specification for the present and future purpose known? 3....
Cat6 vs. Cat6a Data Cabling

Cat6 vs. Cat6a Data Cabling

What are the advantages of Cat6a over Cat6 cabling systems? The role of Cat6a cabling is to support 10Gig Ethernet, whereas Cat6 will currently only support Gigabit Ethernet, except for short links.  There are some disadvantages to Cat6a and you need to weigh these up...
A Guide to CAT8 Data Cabling

A Guide to CAT8 Data Cabling

Here’s a brief guide to the Category 8 (Cat8) data cabling standards that are currently under development by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). Several options are being considered. Cat8 will...
Beware of CCA and CCC Cables

Beware of CCA and CCC Cables

Be wary: If you are offered cheap cable or cable from an unqualified source, ask the question, is it a solid copper cable or a CCA cable? Copper clad aluminium (CCA) cables have aluminium cores with a copper coating. They have some legitimate uses but are now...
Fibre Optic Interface Distances Guide

Fibre Optic Interface Distances Guide

We’ve compiled a list of fibre optic interface standards and have shown the distances that can be transmitted over different types of cable. Click here to download a PDF more detailed copy of this chart    Standard Fibre type FDDI grade OM1 OM2 OM3 OM4 OS1...
Warning – Never Use Internal Data Cable Externally

Warning – Never Use Internal Data Cable Externally

Internal grade copper cabling is not designed to withstand the elements. External grade data cables designed for outdoor use have a special jacket to withstand the elements. If a cable designed only for internal use is installed externally, sunlight and ice will break...