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Data Cabling

Data Cabling is a vital communications cable used in many buildings to communicate between a device and the internet or a local network.  CAT Cabling can be a vital link for control systems, high speed data transmission, point of sales equipment, wireless access points in a commercial locations.

Data cables are constructed of either copper or fiber.  

Cat5E, Cat6 and Ca6a are the most common copper data lines.  Cat3 is typically used for phone lines. There are also more exotic and specialized cables used for custom applications.

Copper CAT cabling is typically used for all runs within 350'.  CAT cabling provides a solid communication path for POE cameras, computers, printers, control cabinets, point if sale systems and any hardwired device.

Steps we recommend when installing data cabling:

  1. Plan your path
  2. Support your cabling
  3. Plan your wall locations
  4. Cut in walls and fish cabling
  5. Terminate locations
  6. Test your cabling
  7. Label All Ports
  8. Perform Cable Management

Fiber cables fall into two categories, Singlemode or Multimode.  Both provide extremely high speed data transmission by sending information over laser light. Applications vary but fiber cabling is often used for long runs, multimedia equipment and communication between network IDFs and MDFs. We will go deeper into fiber cabling in another post.

We will continue to breakdown these steps in future posts and videos.  If you have questions about your project feel free to submit a contact form.

Ohio Low Voltage installs Data Cabling in Ohio.  We are centered in Columbus and also serve Cincinnati, Dayton, Cleveland and Toledo.