Cabling is the infrastructure that provides internet, telephone, and video capabilities to offices both large and small.
The three different types of cabling are data, voice, and video. Each has its own specialties, making it more conducive for specific environments.
Understanding the differences between all three will give you an idea of what type of cable may suit your office’s environment.
- Data cables
These have become the most widely used throughout building infrastructures because they are inexpensive yet reliable. They provide high-speed internet access and transmit computer files across networks.
Two common types used are twisted-pair copper wire cable, which can last decades or glass fibers which have increased bandwidth capacities over metal wires but are more susceptible to damage.
- Voice cabling
This is designed for telephone use and transmits analog signals. If your office relies on landlines, then voice cabling is a must. The cables are thicker than data cables and composed of copper wiring with RJ-11 connectors on each end.
- Video cabling
This is similar to voice cabling, but it uses a higher quality signal displayed on a larger screen. It is perfect for businesses that rely heavily on video conferencing or presentations as it provides the clearest picture and sound quality.
Like voice cabling, video cables have RJ-11 connectors on each end.
NOTE: the cables cannot be used interchangeably. This is because they have different frequencies, impacting how they transmit signals.
For example, voice cabling transmits analog signals at a frequency range of 0 to 4kHz, while video cables transmit digital/analog signals with a higher frequency of 25MHz to 250MHz.
Cables that are not customized for a specific environment can cause degradation of signal strength, damage equipment, and decrease performance.
So if you’re looking into upgrading your office’s technology, be sure to understand what each cable is capable of before making any purchase decisions. A little bit of knowledge can make a big difference in networking capabilities.
As agreed above, a good telecommunication infrastructure is crucial for reliable and fast internet connection in any business setting, especially when employees need to work remotely or transfer files between buildings.
At Tel Efficient, we offer all kinds of telecommunication and phone services, including structured cabling (data & voice), installation (data cables & telephone systems), maintenance, and repair (data & electrical). We also offer:
- Phone systems
- Information transport systems
- Voice, data, and video cabling
- VoIP Services
- Wireless access point services
- Project management
- Telecommunications consulting
- Phone system evaluation
- Phone upgrades
- And much more
For more information call us at 786-249-0955.