Data Cable Installation
At Performance Networks, we are specialists in data cable installations for businesses nationwide.
Your data cabling could last you for over 20 years, which is why it’s important to get it right. IT and technology constantly evolves, so it’s important to ensure that your data cables have been designed and installed with flexibility and growth in mind.
What is Data Cabling?
A data cable allows baseband transmissions to flow from a transmitter to a receiver, such as ethernet cables, networking media and optical fibre cables.
Data cables are important for businesses, as they can be required for several reasons, including PCs/Servers, BMS systems/Access Control/WiFi Access Points, CCTV or analogue or digital phone systems.
Usually, during data cable installation, the cables will be hidden behind walls or in ceiling panels, to keep the office space safe. In fact, you won’t even know that the cables are there!
Why Choose Performance Networks for Data Cable Installation?
Experience. For years, we’ve been installing data cables for hundreds of businesses across a range of sectors, including retail, healthcare, education and for several outdoor events.
Whether your business is large or small, we’re confident we can provide you with data cabling that will be able to keep up with your operational demands for years to come.
As a provider of large data networks, we can also advise on your network design to ensure you get the best solution. We have installed many networks using Cisco, HP, Juniper, & Meraki hardware.
What to Expect in a Data Cable Installation Service
Before we install your cables, we’ll have a consultation with you, so we know the type of work involved. Typical questions can include:
The scale of the job will differ depending on whether it’s a new building, or an existing building that needs new wiring or additional cabling.
We’ll assess your floorplans, if you have them, to ascertain the scale of the building. This is because copper Ethernet cables have a maximum distance of 100 metres – so anything above this requires a fibre connection.
Fibre is usually used to join Comms Cabinets together; multimode fibre can run up to 400 metres at speeds of 40GB+, but anything above 550 metres will require single mode fibre.
We also need to establish whether there’s any asbestos or other hazardous building materials in the building before we start work.
What date does the work need to be completed by?
We need to clarify when you need the job done by – whether that’s a matter of months, weeks or days. We know that adding new data cables, or updating existing cabling, can be disruptive and messy, so we’ll also establish whether out of hours or weekend work will be required.
How many voice and data drops do you want?
A drop refers to one run of cable from a starting point - the server room or the nearest Comms Cabinet - to the end-point - a floor/wall trunk or ceiling location.
What network speeds are required?
This will help inform the decision on what type of cabling is required. That might be CAT5e/Cat 6/Cat 6a & CAT 7 or, if fibre, then OM1/OM2/OM3/OM4 or OM5.
Each different type provides different speeds and levels of reliability, where the cable is less affected by interference. As you can imagine, there are differences in cost. We can advise on what is most suitable for you premises.
What’s the ceiling or flooring like in your office?
This is crucial when it comes to data cable installation, as there are two types of ceiling: a hard cap ceiling or a drop/acoustic suspended ceiling. The latter is easier to work with because it provides better access for the data cables.
Many offices have raised floors nowadays, suitable for underfloor cabling to floor ports containing mains power and ethernet connectivity. If none of these are options or desirable, then we can install wall trunking to house the required cabling.
Does your office require plenum or non-plenum cabling?
This depends on the construction of your office. If your data cabling will be run in a ceiling that also holds the ventilation system, then you’ll need a plenum rated cable. These cables are coated in a fire-retardant plastic jacket, which will limit the amount of smoke & toxic fumes, in the event of a fire.
Once these questions have been answered, we can then arrange a date to visit your venue and conduct a survey, where we’ll investigate the layout & possible cable runs & Comms Cabinets for your site. From there, we’ll provide you with a quote for our data cable installation service, and if you agree, we will arrange an installation date.