If you are the manager of
the IT department, it is generally your responsibility for the continuing and
uninterrupted operation of both voice and data services within your company. It
has been our experience over the years that the actual cable which carries the
service has always taken a back seat as far as importance to the network is concerned.
It was always first to be
labelled as the cause of a network failure. This is now no longer the case, because
the critical importance of the cabling has been realised. So too has the importance
of making the right choices for the type of cable which enables equipment to operate
at its optimum performance capabilities.
Hence the creation of Category
5E. The make up of which enables data to be transmitted and received at much faster
speeds then were previously achieved. Of course with the ability of faster transmission
cable speeds, it also led to the critical importance of installing the network
to a much stricter and higher standard than was previously acceptable.
The majority of proprietary
systems manufacturers and suppliers have since developed installation practices
based on the British Standard 5750 for which we hold approvals from various suppliers
As business people are aware,
communications systems are a vital element in the successful performance of a
business. Communications are also dominant in the fight to stay efficient, profitable
and ahead of the opposition.
To this end your staff need
to be able to perform their tasks, knowing that the network is going to support
them. This in turn will
give them the confidence to rely on the equipment they will use. It is all very
well supplying top quality material and equipment, but if the cable network is
not up to the required standard, they risk spending a large proportion of their
workable life operating at a lower potential than that for which they were designed.
It is for this reason that
data delivery systems exist to help businesses achieve the specification of cable
network that allows today's office machinery to operate at its full potential.
This is a Category 5E open systems network.
types of twisted pair cables are available - these are UTP
and STP - but the most commonly used in Britain is UTP.
UTP is an unscreened twisted pair cable with copper conductors;
this is the cheaper of the two but if a good make is used
and the installation is correct, it will perform more than