Network cabling for offices

Does my business need structured network cabling?

You’ve drawn up the plans and you know who’s going where at your new site but now you need to know what cabling to install so that each position has a socket available to connect a telephone, computer and any other equipment needed such as printers, scanners and fax machines etc. Planning network cabling for offices can get tricky if you don’t understand what you’re doing and that’s why below we’ve put together some of the more FAQ to help you decide which cabling solution is right for your business.

Every business should have an IT infrastructure that’s not only strong and secure, but can also adapt to the ongoing changes in your growing business. By structuring the network cabling for offices within your business, it means future events such as office refurbishments and extensions, data-centre transformations and adopting new technologies is made simpler and more cost effective.

If however you’re a total tech buff and know all about your office network and cabling requirements and would just like to receive a quote for cabling services, then simply fill in the contact sheet on the right and we will contact you soon.

what is structured network cabling for offices?

Structured cabling or network cabling all refer to the cabling and components installed which provides sockets at your required desk positions for computers, telephones, printers, CCTV cameras, door entry systems etc. A properly designed and installed structured cabling system provides a cabling infrastructure that delivers predictable performance as well as has the flexibility to accommodate moves, adds & changes, maximises system availability, provides redundancy and future proofs the usability of the cabling system.

why use structured cabling?

Structured network cabling for offices links every device in your network together and implementing it into your business will greatly benefit your organisation. Robust data cables allow for a high-speed network that enables internet access, file sharing and media streaming.

Cat5e / Cat6/ Cat6e what’s the difference?

Category 5e (CAT-5e) cabling is the accepted minimum standard for connecting computers, Ethernet switches and network devices including telephones together. As an alternative to plugging PCs directly into Ethernet switches, CAT-5e structured cabling provides an easier, neater and more flexible option for network and telecoms management.

Category 6 (Cat6) cables are primarily used for networks looking to run faster than Cat5e. A Cat6 cable is composed of four pairs of wires, similar to Cat5 cable. The primary difference between the two is that, Cat6 makes full use of all four pairs. This is why Cat6 can support communications at more than twice the speed of Cat5e.

Category 6a (Cat6a) cabling system is higher performance than Cat6 and is designed to support 10GBase-T over the full 100 metre, 4 connector channel.

what are the benefits of structured network cabling for offices?

Simplicity – No messy wires as multiple wire systems are replaced with the structured wiring system making the infrastructure much easier to manage.

Increased data speed – Structured cabling provides faster transmission assisting with overall business productivity.

Supports Future Upgrade – Allows for efficient changes and upgrades so all future moves, rearrangements, and upgrades can be implemented with no fuss. Employees can plug in and continue working from wherever they are in the office.

Cost-Effectiveness – A structured cabling system will survive all other networking components with only minimal upgrades required. It reduces power, cooling usage and cost.

Cat5e vs. Cat6 vs. Cat6A – which one is right for my business?

This is all about costs, future proofing and network speeds. Cat5e will likely be adequate for your needs at present and will provide the lowest cost option, however, for slightly more investment you could choose to install cat6 cabling specification as this will enable faster network speeds in the future. You could always ask for a quote on both options before making a final decision on the network cabling for offices.

Should Cat6 replace Cat5e?

If you already have a cat5e system this is likely perfectly fine for your needs and if you are extending the network, we would recommend remaining on cat5e. If you are starting from scratch or want to future proof yourself as much as possible then we would recommend cat6 network cabling for offices.

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    What we can do for you…

    Following a site survey of the network cabling for offices at your premises we can provide you with feedback in what cabling work may be required, how much this will cost, how long it will take to complete the work and give you a detailed account of what you need to do next, if anything. Whether you’re moving into a new office or rejigging an old one, we can assist you with all your cabling requirements and offer you a solution that is both future proofed and cost effective for your business. We also specialise in fibre optics, traditional telephone cabling and wireless networks to compliment your data cabling and we can even consider your electrical provision at the same time as part of this process.


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    Tech Advance was established in 2001 offering flexible communication solutions and telephony products. We are a provider of network cabling for offices for small business along with managed services and unified communications. Our skilled engineers hold industry and manufacturer qualifications and have many years’ experience working within the telecommunications field. We pride ourselves on offering a high standard of service at competitive rates to all of our customers throughout Lancashire, Merseyside and the Northwest in the following areas: Blackpool, Preston, Southport, Liverpool, Manchester, Bolton, Bury, Wigan, St Helens, Blackburn, Burnley, Leeds, Warrington, Stockport, Oldham, Chester and Salford, however please do contact us wherever you are based as we can support clients anywhere in the UK with their network cabling for offices requirements.