Cabling & Infrastructure

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A proven industry leader, Republic Voice & Data provides complete network cabling solutions to customers throughout the United States.

IT & Ethernet Network Cabling and Wiring Introduction

Providing commercial-grade network wiring services throughout a business facility involves the installation of a collection of connectors, connecting hardware and cables using unshielded twisted pair (UTP), screened (foil) unshielded twisted pair (F/UTP), shielded twisted pair (STP), or multimode or single mode fiber optics.

Unshielded Twisted Pair Wiring

UTP cables come in a variety of grades for applications from the work area in a call center to telecommunications rooms to connections to and inside data centers. Screened (Foil) Unshielded Twisted Pair Wiring

Shielded with Foil Twisted Pair Wiring

S/FTP cables are copper cables better suited for network wiring in buildings that are exposed to high electrical interference or frequent radio transmissions.

Fiber Optic Wiring

Fiber optic network cabling is the most common network connection for data centers, though F/UTP and S/FTP are gaining popularity. Fiber optic cabling is available in single mode and multimode forms. A mode is the path a ray of light follows while traveling down a fiber cable. As pictured, multimode fiber allows more than one mode of light. Common multimode core sizes are 50 µm and 62.5 µm. Single mode fiber allows for only one pathway, or mode, of light to travel within the fiber. The core size is typically 8.3-10 µm.

Network wiring diagrams that call for UTP, F/UTP and S/FTP copper cabling types can be used throughout local area networks (LAN).

Copper cabling standards are designated as Category 5e, Category 6, Augmented Category 6, Category 7, Class D, Class E and Class F and FA. This numbering system refers to the specifications defined by committees of ISO, ATM, TIA, CSA, CENELEC and JSA/JSI. The ANSI / TIA / EIA-568 standard, for example, is a telecommunications cabling standard for commercial buildings covering Category 5e, 6 and 6A.

As the categories build from 5e to 7, the speeds of data transfer across network wiring increases as does the headroom for advanced network applications. For example, while Category 5e network wiring is rated to 100 MHz, standards compliant Category 7 cables provide 600 MHz data transfer rates and Class FA go to 1000MHz.

Structured Cabling Systems

Network cabling and wiring systems rely on a variety of structured cable system components working in harmony.

Some of the components of a cabling system include: patch panels for switching functions and patch cables to connect stand alone computers and telephones to outlets.

For housing and storage of network wiring systems, products such as cable troughs, wire ways, enclosure cables, rack accessories, and cabling cabinets are also installed. These components protect the wiring and equipment from dust, dirt, water, and oil while simplifying cable management.

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  • Rack design, wire management, patch panels, wireless access, routers and switches
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