What is Voice Cabling?  

What is voice cabling, and what does it mean for your phone system? Voice cabling is the cabling used in telephone networks. Most modern computers also utilize the same type of cable. That cable is now either CAT5e or CAT6 standard. The cable designations refer to data-carrying capacity and also the ability to shield data from outside interference, such as Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) and Electromagnetic Interference (EMI). Modern industrial or business applications generally use CAT5e cable as their minimum standard. The data rate capacity of CAT5e cable is around 1 Gigabyte per second. The carrying capacity of CAT6 cable increases to a whopping 10 Gigabytes per second. Shielded cable helps protect data in a high EMI environment. Unshielded cable may be an option if interference is not an issue, but space is.

Voice Cabling Requirements

So what does all this mean in terms of telephone cabling? Basically, CAT5e is all that is now required for business telephone lines. There is no real performance gain in utilizing CAT6 cable presently. But the cost difference in the types of cable is very small in comparison to total network installation costs. So CAT6 cable could be a wise investment in future capacity for possible speed and data-carrying increases. There are also different requirements for cable depending on the type of area where it is used. Plenum, or Teflon cable is required in any air-handling space. It is more expensive.

Consult an Expert

The wisest course in installing any type of network cabling, like voice cabling, is consulting an expert in the field. Advanced Communications Services, Inc. can install Ethernet cabling, Coaxial cabling, Fiber Optic cabling, CAT5e or CAT6 cabling for your low voltage, computer, and/or telephone cable systems. Technicians are fully trained and up-to-date on the latest industry EIA/TIA standards. Advanced Communications Services only utilizes the finest quality products, installation practices, and product design for any system. Consult an Advanced Communications Services representative today to ensure you have the latest and best in technological design and installation!


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