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Copper Network Cabling
Despite wireless networks and fibre-optic becoming more popular due to their higher bandwidths, copper cables continue to dominate most networks because they are fast, reliable and affordable.
Below is a brief overview of each type of copper network cabling to help you decide which one is right for you.
- Most common form of network cable in homes and office networks
- Bandwidth of 100MHz
- Sufficient for day-to-day use
- Twisted pair design
- Bandwidth of 250MHz
- Better suited towards (PoE) Power over Ethernet
- Twisted pair design
- Bandwidth of 500MHz
- Twisted pair design
- Fastest form of copper network cable
- Bandwidth of 600MHz/1000MHz
- Most expensive
Fibre Optic Cabling
A fibre optic cable carries light pulses instead of electrical ones to transmit information, which means the bandwidth is much higher to traditional electrical systems. Fibre cables now support much of the world’s internet, cable TV and phone systems.
The 3 most common types of fibre optic cable are:
Single mode fibres have a smaller core diameter which only allow a single pathway of light to travel. They are often used in long-length network connections which makes them slightly more expensive than the other types.
As the name suggests, this type of cable has a larger core diameter than the single mode cable, so several pathways and wavelengths of light can be transmitted. It is commonly used for short distances like patch cable applications.
Plastic Optical Fibre (POF)
POF is a large core optical fibre which enables it to couple light from sources and connectors that don’t need to be high precision. It is generally more durable and can be easily and quickly installed. The cost of POF is also more competitive which makes it a good option for desktop LAN connections and low speed short links. Before deciding whether fibre optic cabling is the right solution for you, take a look at these pros and cons.
- Greater bandwidth/faster speed
- Thinner and light-weight
- Long lifecycle
- More fragile
- Doesn’t work with mobile communication
- Limited to low power
For more information and to discuss how fibre optics could work for you, our team of networking professionals are always on hand to offer support and advice.
TCS offer fast, reliable and secure communications services including fixed telecoms services and data connections. From traditional PSTN and ISDN to VoIP services, communication infrastructure from TCS is tailored to your needs to help improve efficiency within your business operations.
Our team of engineers have a wide range of expertise in specialist technologies which can give you some peace of mind that your business infrastructure is constantly available and connected.
A range of our communications products include:
- Telephone system maintenance
All our communications products are designed around your unique business needs, so that you receive the right solution to ensure effective communications across your business.
With the increase in cable television, high speed internet access and surveillance video systems in residential properties and small businesses, coaxial is becoming more popular.
They can be differentiated by their RG (radio guide) measurement. The higher the RG number, the thinner the central conductor core is. In general, RG-6, RG-11 and RG059 are the most commonly used coaxial cable.
There are many different uses for coaxial. Below is an example of these and which cables are best suited to the task.
- TV: RG-6
- HDTV: RG-11
- Internet: RG-6
- CCTV: RG-59
- Video: RG-6
Coaxial has several advantages, in comparison to twisted pair cables, some of which include:
- Low cost option
- Easy to install
- Easy to expand
- High transmission speed
If you are unsure if coaxial is the right solution for you and are seeking further advice and support, our team of networking professionals will be happy to talk through your issue and find the solution to suit.
Wireless is a term used in computer networking where there are no physical wires connecting the sender and receiver. Instead it uses radio waves to connect devices to the internet and any business networks.
There are 4 main types of wireless networks:
- Local Area Network (LAN)
Links multiple devices within a distinct area (such as an office) to a server.
- Metropolitan Area Networks (MAN)
Connects several LANs.
- Wide Area Network (WAN)
Covers larger areas such as towns and cities.
- Personal Area Network (PAN)
Connects devices in a very short range.
Network Switching is the process of directing data to a hardware destination.
The device that the input data passes through is called a ‘switch’. They work to by channelling incoming data and sending it towards its designated destination.
There are a variety of switches and it is important to know which one meets your requirements, to avoid ending up with the wrong switch and slow down your network.
Three common types are:
- Unmanaged Switches
These are mostly used in home networks and smaller businesses and they start doing their job instantly, after they are plugged in. The simplicity of these switches means they can’t be modified or managed.
- Partially Managed
These switches change at the fastest pace. They offer basic management features, but their interface is more simple than managed switches. One popular capability is to set up QoS and VLANs.
- Managed Switches
This switch has it all. High levels of security, precision control and full network management. They are the most costly option, however they are the best option for large and growing networks.
No electrical power supply lasts forever and when your regular power source drops, it’s good to know there’s a plan B. This is where UPS or Uninterruptable Power Supply comes in.
Essentially, it acts as a backup battery, providing nearly instantaneous power when it senses fluctuations or interruptions, to ensure no data is lost.
A UPS ensures uninterruptible power to computers, data centres and most other electrically powered equipment. Sizes of UPS systems can vary to accommodate anything from a single computer up to entire data centres, buildings or even whole cities.
In addition to their regular functionality, UPS systems also address: Electrical surges, sag voltage, voltage spikes and frequency instability.
It is possible to increase the effectiveness of UPS systems by employing a range of different technologies including:
- Offline/Standby: Restores backup power with a DC/AC inverter output.
- Line-Interactive: Ensures power for up to several hours by using a multi-tap autotransformers.
- Double-Conversion Online: Usually a high-cost option, which works in a similar way to line-interactive, except that it drives a DC/AC inverter.
For more information on UPS solutions and to speak with one of our networking professionals, don’t hesitate to give us a call. of networking professionals are always on hand to offer support and advice.
Data centres are a key component in ensuring modern businesses run effectively and despite the large scale move to the cloud, there remains a need for in-house systems.
Data centre design is more involved that it first appears and a plan needs to take into consideration multiple factors, such as:
- Existing capacity
- Future expansion
- Health and Safety requirements of the building
- Layout of equipment
Our team of networking professionals can help design every aspect of your data centre, so it suits the specific needs of your business.