What’s the biggest cause of fibre comms failures?

What’s the biggest cause of fibre comms failures?

Optical fibre links form the backbone of our digital communications but if care is not taken there is a vulnerability. The biggest cause of failing fibre optic links is dirt on connectors, and the biggest reason for this is that most people don’t appreciate the...
Does my cabling have to be EuroClass compliant?

Does my cabling have to be EuroClass compliant?

Does your cabling need to be Euroclass compliant? If the cabling is for a new building, a refurbishment, extension or a public building, subject to the Construction Product Regulations then, since 1st January 2019, the data cabling should be EuroClass Cca as a minimum...
Is shielded cable better than unshielded?

Is shielded cable better than unshielded?

Whether or not shielded cable is better than unshielded depends on a number of environmental factors. A cable shield helps to prevent electromagnetic noise leaving a cable or interfering with signals being carried by the cable. With Cat5e or Cat6 cabling, a shield...
How will the new data cable CPR EuroClasses affect you?

How will the new data cable CPR EuroClasses affect you?

For over 20 years, Low Smoke Zero Halogen (LSZH) data cables have been the popular choice, but this is changing. Data cables are now to be labelled with a Construction Product Regulation (CPR) EuroClass rating to indicate their fire properties. For example, what was...
Cat5e, Cat6 or Cat6a Data Cabling?

Cat5e, Cat6 or Cat6a Data Cabling?

Cat5e, Cat6 or Cat6a Data Cabling? When choosing a grade of cable for your data cabling, it comes down to a cost vs benefits. As a rule of thumb, compared to Cat5e, the cost of Cat6 is about 20% more and Cat6a is about 100% more. Cat5eCat5e will support Gigabit...