TVNET provides full-service structured data cabling installation in Bristol and the surrounding area. Our cabling specialists offer efficient and cost-effective data cabling services for organisations in all industries. We’ve provided bespoke cabling solutions to a diverse portfolio of businesses in Bristol, including West England’s largest production space, The Bottle Yard Studios in Whitchurch, and the historic Bristol Grammar School in Tyndall’s Park.
Data is the language and the lifeblood of businesses and your network can be what sets you apart from the competition or cripples your growth. Your cabling system is at the core of your network’s performance.
Of course, figuring out which cabling configuration works best is a challenge for many businesses and organisations in Bristol. No two businesses have the same needs and limitations. For instance, our experience working with supermarket Rajani over in Clay Hill was entirely different from the work needed for voice and data communications provider, Solution IP in Westbury on Trym.
Our speciality lies in delivering bespoke network cable installation and services that work for you, no matter if you’re in retail or education.
An office network is made of numerous moving parts. You have cabling, which is categorised into Cat 5e, Cat 6, Cat 6a/10gb, Cat 7, Cat7a, and fibre optic cables. These cables are connected to your devices using hardware such as patch panels, network switches, and routers.
Structured data cabling is putting all these elements of a network together in an optimised method. Compared to the traditional way of routing cables through a space, structured cabling adapts to the layout of the building and the placement of your machines. Access points are made available at strategic locations, and interference is reduced by ensuring cables are at a recommended distance from one another.
Our network installations factor your specific needs into the design of your network. The result? A flexible structured network that can easily integrate additional devices such as computers, phones, and servers when you need them.
Upgrading to the latest standards in data cabling allows you to maximise your network – and your broadband plans. Internet speed is dictated by the cables you use. Most businesses will be fine with Cat 5e cabling. But for larger organisations or those who process an immense volume of data, higher rated cables like the Cat 7 and its 10Gbps capacity will enable operations to flow smoothly.
Another huge benefit to structured cabling is in the work it takes to maintain it. Because structured cabling is standardised, you won’t end up with multiple, disjointed installations every time a provider sets up a device. Faults are easier to trace, minimising downtime. Ultimately, structured data cabling will save your business money in the long run.
At the core of every well-designed cabling solution is the needs of the business. We arrive at that point through a process we’ve honed over years of cabling experience. We start with a series of questions: What type of software are you using? How much bandwidth are you currently consuming? How many workstations do you need?
Then, we extrapolate from the data you’ve provided to form a plan that encompasses the needs of today and tomorrow. That means placing access points in areas where you forecast heavy use, such as meeting rooms or server rooms. We also take into account sufficient coverage for wireless access points, building management systems, and security systems. Done right, a properly set-up network can futureproof performance and your budget for the next 20 to 25 years.
The process is intensive, but working with a professional outsourced service provider ensures the task is done within your budget but exceeding your expectations. TVNET has been designing, installing, and maintaining cabled networks for Bristol businesses for many years. Contact our team of experts to bring your cabled network up to speed.
No matter how fast your voice and data cabling may be, your network will only ever run as fast as the slowest devices connected to it. So does the cabling you use really matter all that much?
Although recent years have seen major improvements in wireless technology, most office networks still rely, at least to some extent, on copper cabling. But there are many different standards for copper cables which can lead to some confusion. So, what are the various different types and what are their pros and cons?
Simply put, voice and data cabling is a system of cabling that can, as the name suggests, handle voice and/or data. This includes basic phone system cabling, data network cabling, coax cabling, server room cabling, surveillance camera wiring, video cabling, wireless network infrastructure cabling. Cat5e, Cat6, Cat6a and Cat7 are the major voice and data cabling standards.
There are many reasons why a structured cabling service system is far superior to conventional wiring systems. In a conventionally wired system, you will often find a jungle of tangled wires and cables going from computers to the hubs and then off to a main router. That’s not to mention further wiring snaking off to printers, scanners and webcams. This infrastructure will probably have been installed over a period of time by several different people, on an as-needed basis.
Structured cabling refers to any infrastructure that uses a number of standardised cabling elements. It can (and often does) include cables, computers, phones, printers and all other essential hardware that makes up an office/business network. Structured cabling is a more organised approach than conventional wiring and will manage the cabling for your entire infrastructure. It has the benefits of not only being neat and tidy but also incredibly easy to maintain and service.
Wired connections are generally a lot faster and more reliable than Wifi connections but it’s important to get the right data cables for your business. As the need for more bandwidth increases, the cables that form the arterial systems of your networks need to be able to keep up the demands of your business for many years to come.
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Fiona Francombe, Site director, The Bottle Yard Studio