Cabling & Infrastructure

You have access to our group of devoted, knowledgeable data cabling engineers when you choose CCR Systems for your structured cabling installation. Our specialist team of engineers have installed thousands of miles of data cabling for education, healthcare, construction, and businesses throughout a wide range of environments.

Which cabling should I choose?

Looking for data cabling for business? There is a range of data cable types that can provide varying speeds across a number of distances. Compare the cable types and find the difference between OM1, OM2, OM3, OM4 and OM5 fibre optic cabling and how they can benefit your business as well as much more. Find out key information about structured cabling variants, along with our expert view in the table below.

Found something that meets your requirements? Contact us today to discuss further with our expert team.

Cable TypeOur Expert ViewData Speed / Distance
Cat.5 (copper twisted pair)Not available100Mbps / 100m
Cat.5e (copper twisted pair)Slightly cheaper than Cat.61Gbps / 100m
Cat.6 (copper twisted pair)Most popular for internal building wiring1Gbps / 100m
Cat.6a (copper twisted pair)For data centres or where equipment demands high current PoE10Gbps / 100m
Cat.7 (copper twisted pair)There is no equipment available with connectors supporting this standard (Not Recommended)10Gps / 100m
Cat.7a (copper twisted pair)There is no equipment available with connectors supporting this standard (Not Recommended)10Gps / 100m
Cat.8.1 (copper twisted pair)Standard not ratified by ISO and will only be intended for data centres10Gbps / 100m
Cat.8.2 (copper twisted pair)As Cat.8.1 but connector interface not backward compatible with RJ4510Gbps / 100m
25/40Gbps / 30m
OM1 (fibre optic)Be careful, different size fibre to OM2,OM3,OM4,OM51Gbps / 275m
10Gbps / 32m
OM2 (fibre optic)Use OM41Gbps / 550m
10Gbps / 82m
OM3 (fibre optic)Use OM41Gbps / 550m
10Gbps / 300m
40Gbps / 100m
100Gbps / 100m
OM4 (fibre optic)Use between buildings or where distance between cabinets is >90m or 10Gbps links required1Gbps / 1100m
10Gbps / 550m
40Gbps / 150m
100Gbps / 150m
OM5 (fibre optic)Standard not ratified by ISO. Wideband version of OM4 supporting higher speeds. Primary use: Data Centre.As OM4 but with –
400Gbps / 150m
OS1 (fibre optic)Use OS21Gbps / 2km
10Gbps / 2km
100Gbps / 40km
OS2 (fibre optic)Extended distance between buildings1Gbps / 40km
10Gbps / 10km
100Gbps / 5km

Data and network cabling is a method of connecting multiple devices within an IT network. These devices can range from computers, CCTV cameras and servers to WiFi access points. The infrastructure utilises two data cable types of copper, and fibre with a number of different grades that can provide different results.

Our technical experts in data cabling for business will discuss your requirements and consider the servers and equipment and your available space so we can evaluate what you need now and in the future. They will also assess your environment to ensure security, power, and cooling is appropriate and consider any impact of noise pollution which can come from the cabinet.

We see no harm in you installing long patch leads, however, we recommend that you avoid installing structured cabling. You will not have the appropriate tools, training, or testers. A trained professional will be able to install it quickly and safely, leaving you free to do your day-to-day tasks with a data cabled network that is much less likely to encounter problems or worse, failures.

Consider whether your electrician has invested in training and testers and can provide you with a system warranty, along with certified results of the data cabling installation. If that’s not the case, then no, don’t let them install your data network cabling – get in touch; CCR Systems are here to help.

Most of our office installations are based on Cat.6. We use Cat.6a for data centres or feeding Wireless Access Points (WAPs) where they demand higher power.

This will depend on the distance between your cabinets and the speeds at which you wish to operate. If Gigabit links are okay and your cabinets are within 90m, then we feel Cat.5e or Cat.6 is sufficient.

When “flood wiring” a building, 2 ports are generally installed per desk, whilst ensuring there are plenty of spares for other network devices, such as printers, franking machines, Internet radio player, etc.

However, with VoIP based telephone systems, only a single port is required per desk to connect both the PC and telephone. This can represent a significant saving in the cost of your data cabling, which would justify the upgrade to a VoIP telephone system.

Also consider installing data cables for CCTV cameras, wireless access points, access control systems, displays & projectors, cashless catering etc.

Data Cabling

We can support businesses of all sizes throughout the UK. No matter what sector or industry, we can advise you on the right data cabling solution for your business from healthcare and hotels to construction and everything in between. Our team of experts know what systems work.

We can help your business become faster, more effective, and ultimately more successful.

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