Many different components go into making the network within a business or home. However, one major component is the foundation for everything else to function: cabling. Cabling runs the cables to different devices, racks, servers, and more to connect them and form the network. Cabling uses multiple times of lines to connect everything in this way properly. Copper cabling is used most commonly.
What is Copper Cabling?
In copper cabling, data travels down cabling made out of copper wiring. The copper may be twisted or straight depending on the cable type, such as in coaxial lines. A primary type of cable used within businesses and homes is the CAT or ethernet cable, from strands of copper twisted together and covered by a casing. Based on their speeds and data load abilities, CAT cables come in different levels. These include CAT5, CAT5e, and CAT6. CAT6 is the modern and most advanced version, and therefore is used the most. However, CAT 5 and 5e may still be in use in some applications.
How Copper Cabling Compares to Fiber Optic Cables
Networks and business also often use fiber optic cables for connectivity. Which type of cable you use depends on your overall goals and needs. Typically, the copper cables maintain ideal speeds up to 100m, whereas fiber optic cables have higher rates that run for around 500m-2km. For that reason, many networks choose fiber optics for long-distance applications. However, due to the insignificant distances, businesses and homes often use copper cabling instead.
Methods of Running Copper Cable
Two primary methods create a cable for a business or home, the first being Point to Point cabling. Point to point simply means that devices, servers, racks, etc., are connected using “jumper” patch cables. In other words, the wires run from each point to each point. While many businesses still use this method, it is certainly not the best way. Having this many copper cables running between various devices can turn into a sea of tangled cables that can cause accidents. In addition, if any of these cables are kinked or crushed, they cannot work correctly.
The other cabling method is Structured, which we employ here at Network Connections. Structured cabling is around a central control unit called the Main Distribution Area (MDA). This method makes it much easier to practice good cable management, as everything runs in the same direction and can be on the same path. Not only is this method more organized, but it is also much more convenient. The MDA can be used to make any adjustments, changes, updates, upgrades, and more, all from one simple location. Plus, finding the source of the problem is much more streamlined if there is an issue with equipment or devices.
Looking to Have Copper Cables Installed in Your Business?
Looking for professionals that provide quality cabling, look no further than Network Connections. We have been in this business for nearly 30 years, which has provided us with the expertise to create the perfect network setup for any business. If you have questions about our services, feel free to call us at (215) 442-5533.