For any experienced commercial and industrial electrician, data cabling will be something that they are well acquainted with and a type of electrical work they handle frequently, but what is it, and who needs it?

What is data cabling?

Most of us know what data and cables are, but together data cabling is something entirely different. In essence, data cabling is grouping together multiple devices such as PCs and printers in an IT network and connecting them through cables that feed into a centralised data cabinet to create an efficient IT network.

Which type of cabling do you need?

The two types of cables used for data cabling consist have a couple of notable differences. Copper cables, known as Cat5e, Cat6 or Cat6a, can generate speeds up to 10,000mbps, but only over short distances of approximately a hundred metres. Fibre cables can reach the same speed but work over much longer distances of up to two kilometres, meaning fibre cables are the better option for comprehensive business sites.

The benefits of data cabling

Any commercial and industrial electrician will advise you that connecting all your business devices to one central cabinet will improve the speed and efficiency of data transfer for any business. They’d probably also say that data cable installation into a data cabinet ensures any future relocation is quick and straightforward. It also allows for easy scalability if your IT operation expands, supporting businesses to increase productivity and competitiveness. If you require the services of a commercial and industrial electrician for data cabling or any other work, contact our team for more information.