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Data Cabling

The installation, material, quality of cable and testing procedures are all much more critical in data wiring than in voice. The main reason for this is that networks today are designed to carry large amounts of information at incredible speeds.

To accomplish this over unshielded twisted pair cable (UTP), many different criteria must be met. This is why it’s crucial that your cabling design and installation is overseen by manufacturer-trained personnel who will ensure that your data cabling installationmeets all the performance specified by the standards.

Certified by every major manufacturer, LANSource can provide certified systems with applications warranties up to 25 years. We engineer and install industry standard Copper Data Cabling Systems to provide you with solid low-voltage infrastructure for voice, data, video, CCTV, access control, and building automation systems.

Today’s network cabling systems have to cope with the ever-growing demands of greater and greater bandwidth absorption within the local area network.  LANSource have years of experience in designing, implementing, and project management from small to large scale Data Cabling System comprising:

Category 5E

Cat 5e cable is an enhanced version of Cat 5 that adds more stringent specifications for far end crosstalk. It was formally defined in 2001 in the TIA/EIA-568-B standard, which no longer recognizes the original Cat 5 specification. The tighter specifications associated with Cat 5e system make it an excellent choice for use with 100Mbps Ethernet and basic voice services.

Category 6

(ANSI/TIA/EIA-568-B.2-1) is a cable standard for Gigabit Ethernet and other network protocols that is backward compatible with the Category 5/5e and Category 3 cable standards. Cat-6 features more stringent specifications for crosstalk and system noise. The performance headroom provided by category 6 solutions makes it a reliable and safe choice to support all Class E applications including 1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet, PoE and PoEP.

Category 6A

Augmented Category 6 / Class EA, structured cabling is specified by cabling standards ISO/ IEC 11801 :2002 amendments 1 and 2 (Class EA) and TIA 568C (Augmented Cat6). The specifications of Cat.6A allow it to fully support 10GBASE-T applications in the Data Centre or desktop. Cat.6A is available in both shielded and unshielded system.

Category 7

Category 7 cable (CAT7), (ISO/IEC 11801:2002 category 7/class F), is a cable standard for Ethernet and other interconnect technologies that can be made to be backwards compatible with traditional CAT5 and CAT6 Ethernet cable. CAT7 features even more stringent specifications for crosstalk and system noise than CAT6. To achieve this, shielding has been added for individual wire pairs and the cable as a whole. CAT7 cable is rated for transmission frequencies of up to 600 MHz and supports high bandwidth and high frequency multi-media broadcast and cable sharing applications.

Fluke MicroScanner PoE

Next-generation MicroScanner verifies voice/data/video cable and services with a revolutionary user interface.

MicroScanner PoE Capabilities:

  • Quickly determine if a problem is caused by a bad or unconnected cable, insufficient power, or a Powered Device (PD).
  • Information for the Network Engineer to investigate potential switch configuration or malfunctions.
  • PoE  Switch Verification – Determine if a switch port can provide enough power by reporting PoE class (0-8).
  • Powered Pairs – Graphically identifies powered pairs. Including Dual Signature where the switch port delivers power on 2 or 4 pairs (802.3bt or PoE ++)
  • PoE Injector verification – Display injector voltage level
  • Active Switch Detection – Determine if a cable is connected to a switch port and port speed up to 10G
  • Cable Testing – Identify any shorted, open or crossed wires at both ends, length of each pair, and send tones to find cables.

MicroScanner Series Features:

  • Straightforward Interface – Graphical wiremap, length, cable ID, and distance to fault displayed on one screen
  • Multimedia Support – Tests all common media types including RJ11, RJ45, Coax(MS2 only), with no need for adapters
  • IntelliTone Toning – Trace virtually any cable or wire pair with IntelliTone digital and analog toning
  • VDV Service Detection – Verifies today’s media services, including 10/100/1000 Ethernet, POTS, and PoE
  • Oversized Display – Large, backlit LCD makes results crystal clear whether in bright sunshine or a dark closet
  • Magnetic Strap (included in MicroScanner kits) – Allows technicians to keep their hands free and their tester safe from potential drops and accidents with strong rare earth magnet

Ref Source: https://www.flukenetworks.com/datacom-cabling/copper-testing/MicroScanner-Cable-Verifier

Draka Review of the Latest News on Cable

Draka Launches Space Saving High Density CAT.6 Cable

Cables and systems specialist Draka has launched a space saving high density Cat. 6 network cable. The compact design of the UC 400 HD C6 U/UTP cable will enable installers to save both time and money by running increased numbers of cables in cable trays and conduits when compared to standard Cat.6 U/UTP cables.

The high density Cat.6 U/UTP cable has an outside diameter of just 5.25mm, whereas the outside diameter of standard Cat.6 U/UTP cable is between 6.0mm to 6.3mm. As a result, Draka’s UC400 Cat 6 HD U/UTP cable has a cross-sectional area approximately 25% less than that of standard Cat.6 U/UTP cabling.

The advantage of the cable’s compact design can be seen using the example of a 300mm x 35mm cable tray. If market standard Cat.6 U/UTP cabling is
installed in the tray, it can carry 140 cable links. When Draka’s new compact cable is used, the tray’s capacity is increased to 195 links, a 40% improvement.

In addition to new build projects, the high density Cat.6 U/UTP cable will also be beneficial for existing system upgrades. The high density cable’s 5.25mm diameter is the same as that of a lower performance, standard Cat 5e cable. The similarity in diameter will enable the performance of existing installations to be upgraded with the new high density cable while reusing the current containment systems, generating significant cost savings in both materials and installation time.

Installers will also benefit from the compact cable’s improved flexibility, box packaging and reduced weight.  The Reelex® box packaging option makes the high density Cat. 6 cable easy to move on site; and when the cable is finished the empty cardboard box can be easily recycled. In addition, the compact cable’s reduced diameter means a 305m box of Draka Cat 6 HD cable is 2kg lighter than the equivalent 13kg box of standard Cat.6 U/UTP cable.

The UC400 Cat 6 HD U/UTP cable is the latest product to be developed by Draka’s market leading research team. The high density Cat.6 cable has excellent headroom of 5dB, which is the same high level of performance as Draka’s UC 400 Cat 6 U/UTP cable. It is compliant with all the relevant international standards including ISO/IEC 11801; ANSI/TIA 568 C-2; IEC 61156-5; EN 50173-1 and EN 50288-6-1. And it meets the fire performance requirements stated in IEC 60332-1-2; IEC 61034-2 and IEC 60754-2.

In addition, Draka’s UC400 Cat 6 HD U/UTP cable is certified as part of the Universal Cabling (UC) – Connect System and has approvals as part of a 3-connector link and 4-connector channel. As with all Draka UC branded cables this product comes with third party approval for cable performance giving end users complete assurance in the structured cabling system.