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Everything you need to know about cabling

How to hide cabling, network installation and more!

It doesn’t take a genius to know what cabling is, however, do you know what it is regarding networking?

Cabling in networking is used to connect information together, usually between computers, routers, storage area networks, and switches. Essentially, these cables are used to transfer data while also allowing us to connect to the internet.

There are many different types of network cable, the type which is most appropriate and is used depends on the overall structure of the system that is being utilized. The most common types of communication cable used for networking is known as the twisted pair cable, these are utilized for local area networks i.e. offices and schools, as well as commercial sites.

What is cabling in networking?

Cabling in networking is responsible for connecting us to the internet as well as connecting other computers together. This is essential where local networks are active such as in schools, hospitals, police stations, etc.

In the simplest of terms, these cables allow us to connect to the internet, even without plugging these cables directly into our devices.

What are the different types of cabling?

Now that you’re aware of cabling installation, what actual different types of cables are there? Well, these are the most common network types:

1. Cat5e cable
2. Cat6 cable
3. Fiber optic cable

Cat5e cable is a twisted pair cable used for computer networks. This type of cable provides up to 100MHz and is suited for the majority of Ethernet connections.

The Cat6 cable, on the other hand, is also a twisted pair cable for ethernet and other networks, however, it is backward compatible with the cat5e. This allows for more precise specifications to be met and is used for more complex network setups.

The final cable we will discuss is the Fiber optic cable, the one which you’re most likely familiar with. The Fiber optic cable consists of strands of glass fibers which are used for super-fast, high-performance and long-distance networking and telecommunications. These cables are the fastest in the business and the standard network cable used in the majority of third world countries.

Sometimes cable wires are untidy. How to hide cabling?

There are many different ways to hide various network cables you have. Whether you have extra-long cable for network setup, or whether it’s just in your home, there are plenty of options available.

First, you can use cable ties to tie any loose cable together – hiding any untidy cables and keeping the cable looking neat, not to mention removing any trip hazards. Second, we recommend either building the cable into a cabinet or storage unit (especially if this a network) or alternatively running the cable to its full length around the back of the room (out of site and out of trip hazard range, you’ll thank us later!).

Network cable installation

The team at ICAS are able to cater for your business cabling needs, with our professional and affordable service. Whether you require an entirely new infrastructure or just a few tweaks be sure to get in touch.

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