Voice and Data Cabling FAQs

If you’re a business owner, there’s a strong chance that you’ve heard about data cabling. In terms of networks and internet capabilities, it’s the newest thing and the industry is all abuzz about it. But what is it, really, and why would you need to switch from traditional wiring?

Below are some of the top frequently asked questions about data cabling.

Why do I need data cabling?
Data cabling is the best way to enhance your network’s capabilities. In contrast to traditional wiring, data cabling is designed to be faster and more efficient, which allows your business to operate at a higher rate of speed. It also has the capability to integrate your phone system into the network allowing for features such as reading your voicemail on your computer screen.
 
What’s the difference between data cabling and standard wiring?
Data cabling can perform all of your cabling needs in one convenient package. Instead of running phone lines, internet lines, and other types of wiring, data cabling can do it all, providing a much more consistent and easy-to-use integrated system. Instead of multiple systems running around one another, this combines them into one simple package.
 
What is CAT 5 cable?
CAT 5 cable is short for Category 5 which is the same as Ethernet cable. Essentially, it’s a cable that houses 4 pairs of copper wiring that can integrate phone and data capabilities into one cable.

What are the benefits of data cabling?

Speed, efficiency, and consistency are the top selling points of data cabling. It’s like moving from dial-up to cable internet. Transfers and downloads are much quicker, the cables are less bothersome because they’re combined, and data cables have the ability to integrate your current telephonic system into your existing network.
 
What’s the difference between CAT 5e and CAT 6 cabling?
CAT 5 cables are a solid standard for any commercial business and as the number gets bigger, the capabilities expand. So a CAT 5e cable (the ‘e’ stands for ‘enhanced’) supports gigabit applications up to 100 mbps and CAT 6 has twice the bandwidth of CAT 5 and is the fastest cable on the market today.

Voice and data cabling is a must if you’re looking to stay ahead of the game. The integration allows for faster and more efficient customer service and troubleshooting is much simpler with grouped cables. Simply put, data cabling isn't just better for today's fast-paced, internet-driven market, it’s essential.

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