With advanced technology, the network in a business is an essential part of the infrastructure. Many individual pieces curate a network, but there is also a vital aspect for everything else to function; Cabling connects all the devices, hardware, racks, servers, and everything else. There are multiple cable types used within a business network, with Coaxial cable.
What is Coaxial Cable?
Coaxial cable is a type of copper cable that consists of multiple copper wires running alongside each other than can carry signals and data. These cables provide for Telecomm, cable, and internet services. Coaxial cables feature a shielded design, which helps to prevent interference or exposure to the outside.
Coaxial cables allow data to be transferred quickly without difficulty. There are three commonly used sizes; these being RG-6, RG–11, and RG-59. All sizes begin with RG, which stands for Radio Guide and the numbers that follow are the diameter of the cable. They are called RF cables, which stand for Radio Frequency. Multiple end connections may be on a coaxial cable: F-Style, Compression, Screw-On, and Crimp-Style.
How do they Compare to Fiber Optic Cables
Nowadays, businesses and residences use fiber optic cables for their networks. But some challenges do arise. For example, coaxial wires can only carry data speeds for around 100m before needing a repeater. On the other hand, fiber optic cables boast data speeds of around 500m-2km.
Fiber optic cables function better for long-distance applications. Additionally, fiber optic cables work better for large business networks that send and receive significant amounts of data throughout the day. Unfortunately, installing fiber optic cabling costs more.
On the other hand, coaxial’s durability creates opportunities for outdoor installation, and suits shorter-range uses, instead.
The Downsides of Coaxial Cable
While coaxial cable is undoubtedly reliable and an excellent option, it has some drawbacks. As mentioned above, it has its limitations to distance, which can cause signals to become weak if they travel too far. In addition, there will be some slight signal loss in general, even despite travel length.
This loss can vary depending on the type and size of the coaxial cable. Although, this is not to say that it makes coaxial cable any less of a good option. Individuals can expect some signal loss that will not affect performance provided the overall length is not too far for the signal.
Network Connections Inc is Here to Help with All of Your Cabling Needs
If you are looking for cabling services for your business, then we are to help. We started in 1993 and have only gotten better at what we do over the past three decades. As a result, we have options suitable for virtually any business or budget. If you have any questions, contact us at (215) 442-5533.
We look forward to hearing from you and helping your business have the best network infrastructure.