Network Cabling


3D DATACOM is your trusted source for Network Voice & Data cabling.

Detailed planning and coordination is a critical requirement for the successful executionand installation of a network cabling infrastructure. Whether you have two locations or 200, they all need to perform identically and flawlessly.

Here are just some of the extra steps that 3D DATACOM takes to ensure that our customers are receiving the best in products and service.

  • Our estimating and tracking system allows us to accurately assess network cable needs for every job.
  • All network cables are properly labeled at the closet end and at the drop location.
  • Drive rings, plastic and Velcro cable wraps are used to ensure a secure, effective hanging.
  • When needed, cables will be enclosed in a raceway, rather than leaving cables exposed on the office or work environment floor.
  • After installation and termination, every network cable is certified to its standard.
Extensive Network Capabilities:
  • Data, voice, video cabling, Cat5E, Cat6, Cat6A, Fiber
  • Closet cabling organization and upgrade
  • Aerial, underground, outdoor cabling
  • Adds, Moves and Changes
  • Wireless access points
  • Time clocks
  • POS cabling
  • Paging system installation and service
  • Fiber optic fusion splicing
  • Network equipment moves and installations (routers, servers, etc.)
  • Demarc extensions

Here is a little information about cable.

Category 5E, 6, 6A, 7

Key Definitions

UTP (Unshielded Twisted Pair)

Used primarily for data transmission in local area networks (LANs), UTP network cable is a 4-pair, 100-ohm cable that consists of 4 unshielded twisted pairs surrounded by an outer jacket. Each pair is wound together for the purposes of canceling out noise that can interfere with the signal. UTP cabling systems are the most commonly deployed cable type in the U.S.

F/UTP (foil unshielded twisted pair)

F/UTP cable consists of four unshielded twisted pairs surrounded by an overall foil shield. F/UTP has also been referred to as ScTP (screened twisted pair) and FTP (foiled twisted pair). F/UTP cable is not as common as UTP, but is sometimes deployed in environments where electromagnetic interference (EMI) is a significant concern. With shielded systems, the foil shield must maintain continuity throughout the entire system.

S/FTP (shielded foil twisted pair)

S/FTP consists of four foil-shielded twisted pairs surrounded by an overall braided shield. This fully shielded cable is often referred to as PiMF (pairs in metal foil), or SSTP. It is the primary cable type deployed in Europe, but rarely seen in the U.S. With shielded systems, the foil shield must maintain continuity throughout the entire system.

Category 5E Cable

Category 5E cable is an enhanced version of Category 5 that adheres to more stringent standards. It is capable of transmitting data at speeds of up to 1000 Mbps (1 Gigabit per second).

Category 6 Cable

Category 6 cable was designed to perform at frequencies of up to 250 MHz and offers higher performance for better transmission of data at speeds up to 1000 Mbps. Some properly installed Category 6 cable will also support 10 Gigabit speeds, but likely with limitations on length.

Augmented Category 6 (6A)
(Work Area Outlet)

Category 6A cable is the latest twisted-pair cable type defined in February 2008 under the newest version of the TIA 568-B standard (568-B.2-10). Category 6A operates at frequencies of up to 500 MHz and can support transmission speeds at 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps).

Category 7

Prior to Category 6A cable, Category 7 cable was designed to transmit data at 10-gigabit speeds. Category 7 cable is an F/STP (PiMF) cable that includes shielding for individual pairs and the cable as a whole. Category 7 is terminated with RJ-45 compatible GG45 connectors or TERA connectors, and it is rated for transmission frequencies up to 600 MHz. This cable type is rarely installed in the U.S.

RJ45 Jack

The RJ45 jack is an 8-conductor, compact, modular jack used to terminate UTP data cable. RJ45 jacks are engineered to maintain specific Category 5E, 6, or 6A performance, and therefore must match the category of the cable they are terminating.

Patch Panel

A Patch Panel is a series of RJ45 jacks condensed onto a single panel. Common panel configurations include 12, 24, 48, and 96 ports. Patch panels are typically deployed where horizontal cables converge, and are used to interconnect or crossconnect links to a network switch or hub.

Patch Cable

A Patch Cable is a cable assembly that consists of a length of UTP cable with an RJ45 male connector crimped onto each end. This cable assembly is used to provide connectivity between any two RJ45 jacks. The two most common uses for patch cables are for connecting patch panel ports to other patch panel ports or to switch ports, and for connecting the work area outlet (jack) to the computer or other networked device.

Star Configuration

In a Star Topology, network links are distributed from one central switch or hub. This configuration provides and easy-to-understand layout, offers a centralized management point, and ensures that if one network link fails, all others can still function.

ANSI/EIA/TIA-568B Standard

This standard was published in 2001 to replace the 568A standard, which is now obsolete. The original purpose of the EIA/TIA 568 standard was to create a multiproduct, multivendor, standard for interoperable connectivity. The 568B standard sets minimum requirements for the various categories of cabling. The most recent version of the 568B standard (568B.2-10) published in February 2008 defines the requirements of twisted-pair cabling to support 10 Gigabit transmission. The 568 "standard" is not to be confused with 568A or 568B wiring schemes.

568A and 568B Wiring Schemes

When we refer to a jack or a patch panel's wiring connection, we refer to either the 568A or 568B wiring scheme, which define the pin-pair assignments for terminating UTP cable. The only difference between 568A and 568B is that pairs 2 and 3 (orange and green) are swapped. For more information, see the following section on wiring schemes.

The proper design and installation of your project is critical to the success of your business.  Our team is comprised of highly qualified, trained technicians with the ability to provide complete installation, testing and certification of your project. With 100% of our technicians being manufacture certified and 50% being BISCI certified installers 3D DATACOM has the qualifications and experience to meet all your needs and offering you the full manufacturer system warranty.

Complete customer satisfaction is our mission. Our work is second to none. We offer a no obligation site survey, followed by a free estimate with detailed product information if requested. Call to speak with a project specialist now (800) 733-3453.

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