Networking – backbone

To link network cabinets throughout your site requires a solution that is determined by the desired performance, distance, the environment and your available budget.

We consider the cable length, the route (external?), the risk of interference or damage/vandalism and the likely amount of data/performance when providing options and recommendations.

Normally a cabled solution provides the lowest cost and best performance, although for some links a wireless connection is essential, as it may be a long distance or across a public road.

Copper cables

A CAT5e/CAT6 cable or cables provides connectivity for local cabinets (within 90m), with external sheath cables available if the route is outdoors.

We look at potential electrical issues, such as different electrical supplies or interference, prior to recommendations for copper cables.

Fibre optic cables

A fibre optic cable is beneficial for longer routes and where electrical isolation is required.

As the data is transmitted using light, the fibre optic cable may be installed alongside electrical cables on trays and through ducts with no risk of interference.

The transmission distance is dependent on the speed of the connection, but rather than the copper limit of 90m, fibre optic cables transmits 10 Gbps for greater distances.

We always recommend the termination/testing of all the cores, with a typical 8-core cable supporting four separate connections (a pair of cores is required for a link).

The cables are presented in rack mounted enclosures, with our preference for SC connectors, although options such as LC are available on request.

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