What Data Cable is Best for Your Business’s Network?

Sep 22, 2020

You may have heard about data cable installation for businesses, it’s how technology-focused work in a commercial business is streamlined and how business operations stay efficient.

Data cable installation in Perth, installed by a commercial electrical contractor Perth team is an essential electrical service that guarantees seamless business technology operations.

But what data cable is best for your business? Does Cat 5e, Cat 6 or Cat 6a suit your business network? If you’re scratching your head at the previous question, don’t worry.

Read more from the data cabling Perth commercial electricians at Wacomm to find out the best data cable for your business needs.

Category 5e data cabling Perth

Released roughly 15 years ago, the category 5e (cat 5e, the ‘e’ stands for ‘enhanced’) provided the first look at the potential of a 1 gigabit network.

It was advanced upon its release; however, the supported hardware was quite expensive to the average user. Nowadays, the Cat 5e data cable is considered the minimum standard of data cabling in Perth.

How is it made and how does it work?

  • The Cat 5e cable is made up of 24 gauge twisted pair wires, delivering 1 Gigabit network speed at distances up to 328 feet.
  • This cable reduces the level of ‘crosstalk’ (interference between wires), increasing the frequency of the cable up to 100MHz.

Currently, the Cat 5e data cable is adequate for business networks servers that are Cloud-based.

Category 6 data cabling Perth

The category 6 (Cat 6) cable is a twisted pair Ethernet cabling used for both homes and commercial premises. It’s backward compatible with the Cat 5e data cabling that preceded it and is slowly replacing the Cat 5e cable.

How is it made and how does it work?

  • The Cat 6 data cable consists of either 23 or 24 gauge twisted pair wires with 2 twists per centimetre.
  • The Cat 6 frequency has increased to 200MHz, which unfortunately, but only potentially increases crosstalk.
  • However, because of this, this type of data cabling has an internal nylon spline contained within a thick exterior sheath which can eliminate crosstalk completely.

The drawback of the Cat 6 cable is that it can only run up to 164 feet.

Category 6a data cabling Perth

The ‘a’ in category 6a (Cat 6a) stands for augmented. To date this is the most advanced version of data cabling and anticipates a future where the 10G network is standard.

It has a bandwidth distance of 328 feet of Ethernet cable and boasts a frequency more than double its predecessors at 500MHz, thus improving its range.

However, it’s of course the most expensive of the data cable options, so think wisely and weigh up the needs of your business before Cat 6a Perth data cable installation.

The best data cabling Perth solution for businesses

This all depends on your business needs now and in the future.

  • Cat 5e is currently adequate for mostly Cloud-based servers and business networks
  • Cat 6 supports 10 Gigabit Ethernet connections but doesn’t reach the 328 feet distance like others
  • Cat 6a future-proofs business networks in terms of faster data speeds, greater range and reduced crosstalk, however it’s the pricier option.

Data cable installation Perth

Wacomm, a trusted electrical contractor Perth team will let you know the best data cabling option for your business’s network. If you need brand new data cabling installation or perhaps just an upgrade, Wacomm are the best choice for commercial electrical contractors in Perth.

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