How to Choose from the Various Cabling Options for Your Office


Choosing the right cabling option for your office can be a daunting task, especially with all the different types of CAT5, Cat5E, Cat6 and Cat6A cabling available. It is important to select the appropriate type of wiring installation in order to ensure faster connections between databases and throughout an entire office.

Furthermore, if you plan on using IP phones or other devices that require higher speed connections, then it is essential to make sure your network switches are up-to-date and able to support the desired cabling. In this article we will discuss how you can choose from among these various options for your office’s networking needs.

What are the differences between the various Network Drops cabling options?

Our technicians are experienced professionals who understand the intricacies of Cat5E, Cat6, and Cat6A cabling. With their extensive knowledge, they can advise you on which type of wiring is best suited for your business depending on your network usage, office size, and future plans.

Cat5 cabling is the most basic type and can be used to support basic Ethernet connections such as printers or phones. It has a speed rate of up to 1Gbps (gigabits per second). Cat5E cabling is an enhanced version of Cat5 and supports speeds up to 1Gbps as well.

Cat6 cabling is faster than both Cat5 and Cat5E, supporting speeds up to 10Gbps. This makes it ideal for larger businesses that have multiple databases or require more extensive network switches and may require an IDF cabinet. Finally, Cat6A cabling has the fastest speed rate – up to 100 Gigabits per second – making it optimal for large business networks with high-traffic demands. IP phones are often recommended when using this type of cabling.

At Network Drops, our technicians take into account all factors when recommending a cabling solution so that you get reliable performance from your network now and in the future. We also specialize in making helpful upgrades such as installing additional outlets or creating an IDF cabinet if needed. Contact us today to learn more!

Network Drops provides a variety of cabling solutions to meet the needs of all businesses

To determine which type of cabling is best suited for your business, consider the following factors.

  1. Network Usage: What type of data and applications are you running on your network? Higher bandwidth activities such as streaming multimedia or downloading large files may require Cat6A cabling to ensure maximum performance and reliability
  1. Office Size: Are you in a small office with limited space or a larger facility where an IDF cabinet could be used? If you are in a smaller space, then Cat5E may be adequate for your needs whereas if you have more physical space, then Cat6 or Cat6A cabling can provide additional speed and reliability.Switches: What type of switches do you currently have installed? Switches must be compatible with the type of wiring that is used so it is important to ensure that any updates reflect which cable will work best in your environment. For example, if using IP phones, then Cat5E or higher should be used.
  2. Future Plans: Do you plan on upgrading your infrastructure in the near future? The answer to this question will help to determine whether investing in more robust wiring such as Cat6A would be beneficial long-term.

By taking into account these factors, Network Drops can help you make an informed decision about which type of cabling is right for your business and ensure that your network remains reliable and efficient over time.

Cabling needs: leave it to the professionals like Network Drops

There is no denying that installing CAT6 and CAT6A cabling is a complex task best left to the professionals. Unlike Cat5 and Cat5E, these types of wiring require specialized knowledge and experience to ensure proper installation and optimal performance. Professionals have the expertise needed to properly install these cables without damaging them or risking network disruptions.CAT6A cabling is even more intricate, as it has the highest speed rate – up to 100 Gigabits per second – making it necessary for larger businesses with high-traffic demands. This type of cable requires precise engineering and specialized techniques in order to deliver maximum speeds without interference or latency issues. Professional installers are also better equipped to create an IDF cabinet if needed, as well as make any necessary upgrades such as additional outlets for IP phones.
When considering a wiring solution for your business, it’s important to remember that not all cabling solutions are created equal. With professional installation from Network Drops, you can rest assured that your network will be reliable now and in the future. We specialize in providing CAT5E, Cat6, or Cat6A cabling solutions designed specifically for your needs so that you get the most out of your investment.

Why choose Network Drops for your needs?

No matter which type of wiring you select, our installers will make sure that your office is up and running as efficiently as possible once the installation is complete. We take pride in our work and guarantee a professional job every time.

Contact us today to get started!