Submitted by: Derek Rogers
If you are opening a new business you are probably going to need some sort of network cabling infrastructure. It is just one of the many inevitabilities that faces modern companies. Businesses rely on network connectivity these days, almost more than anything else. Part of this has to do with connection to the internet, and part of it is more to do with local intranet or networks. Either way, there is a cable infrastructure available to deal with almost any environment or requirement, your only problem is finding the best possible option for your company.
If you are just setting up for the first time, you should probably use Category 5 cabling; particularly if you are just running cable between floors. This is often the cheapest option; whilst it has subsequently been outdated by newer versions (Cat-6 being the most obvious), it is no less effective.
If you are setting up a backbone then it would be undoubtedly best for you to use a stacking cable. Believe it or not, you can upgrade a 10 Mbps network up to a 100 Mbps network by using a fiber optic cable. As you will discover, a lot is dependent on the speed of connection that you require.
You will need someone to install the twisted pair cables on your behalf if you are not capable of doing it yourself. Luckily the twisted pair setup is the same as most conventional telephone systems, meaning that anyone certified to install telephone systems can usually install the twisted pair cables and even administer the resulting network moving forwards.
You will also find that the twisted pair setup is much more reliable than the coaxial setup because of noise reduction. Of course noise on the line isn’t the only thing you have to worry about. If you are in an industrial area that has a lot of environmental noise it would be best to use fiber optic cable in the interest of reducing the amount of audible interference. So with that in mind, you should use twisted pair cabling for office environments, and fiber optic for noisy environments.
There are exceptions to this rule however. If you are trying to run a long backbone, you should use fiber optic cabling because it can carry a signal over long distances without the use of repeaters. This is a particularly useful feature on any day of the week.
The best thing about the twisted pair over coaxial is that if a user unplugs their coaxial cable, they can take out the entire network. With a twisted pair however this will not happen. Unplugging will only affect the machine in question. For this reason you won’t see coaxial networks much anymore unless you are dealing with an old network that still uses legacy equipment.
There are many different network types and many different infrastructures. The important thing is that you find one that works well for you. Once you do this, you will have a reliable network that allows you to get your work done.
About the Author: Derek Rogers is a freelance writer who writes for a number of UK businesses. For Network cabling, he recommends Network 24, a leading
structured cabling company