Telephone cabling for your phone system

Cat-Comm uses Cat. 3, 4 pair Cable for telephone cabling.

Cat 3 is an unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cable designed to reliably carry data up to 10 Mbit/s, with a possible bandwidth of 16 MHz. It is part of a family of copper cabling standards defined jointly by the Electronic Industries Alliance and the Telecommunications Industry Association. Category 3 was a popular cabling format among computer network administrators in the early 1990s, but fell out of popularity in favor of the very similar, but higher performing, Cat 5 standard. Presently, most new structured cable installations are built with Cat 5e or Cat 6 cable. Cat 3 is currently still in use in two-line telephone systems, and can easily be adapted to run VoIP (as long as you create a dedicated LAN for your VoIP telephone sets). While Cat 5 or higher is often recommended for VoIP, the reality is that the 10 Mbit/s bandwidth a cat 3 network can provide is far more than the 0.08 Mbit/s a VoIP phone needs at full load, and Cat 3 is even compatible with 802.3af PoE.

Note that unlike Cat 1, 2, 4, and 5 cables, Cat 3 is still recognized by the TIA/EIA-568-B standard.

The newer 100BASE-T4 standard, which achieves speeds of 100 Mbit/s by using all 4 pairs of wires, allowed older Cat 3 based infrastructures to achieve a much higher bandwidth.

About your Cabling :

Your network infrastructure is not something to be taken lightly. It will be the backbone of your data communications for years to come, and needs to be done properly in order to get the most out of it. Network Cabling needs to be installed in a certain way in order for them to work as they should. They must be away from high voltage electrical wiring, far from fluorescent light balasts, and attached / installed in a specific way in your ceilings. All of Cat-Comm's employees are certified network cable installers.

Sometimes people attempt to have the electrician install their data cabling. An electrician knows how to run a cable, there's no doubt about that, but how much experience do they have terminating the cables, or troubleshooting interference that's being caused on it. Will he be running the electrical and data cabling seperately using different paths, or will he run them all at the same time all together in order to save LOTS of time?

Cat-Comm always uses high end cable and jacks. All of our cabling is properly tested upon completion and numbered on both ends in a way that will make your computer guy very happy.

We can help you design your server room, install new cabling, relocate existing cabling, clean up your existing mess of wires, we do anything and everything that's related to data / telephone cabling !

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