Red Rock are experts in installing, testing and maintaining structured cabling networks, we regularly work with the following types of cable:
Cat 5E – While Cat 5E has been around for over 20 years and is arguably still used by a large percentage of organisations, it is now being phased out in favour of faster and more future-proofed cabling. Cat 5E still has its uses and can be a low-cost solution for a basic cabling network, but its limitations are more apparent as times move on. Cat 5E can support up to 1Gbps over 90m at 100 Mhz. Think of it as a dual carriageway with limited capacity.
Cat 6 – is now the default option for many organisations and the standards now reflect this in making Cat 6 the de-facto option for any new office or commercial buildings in the UK. Cat 6 is the sweet spot in terms of cost-effectiveness and performance. It offers much better performance for a modest increase in price over Cat 5E. Cat 6 can support 10 Gbps up to 55 metres and 1 Gbps up to 90 metres at 250 Mhz. Think of it as a 4-lane motorway offering faster speeds and much more capacity.
Organisations can opt for Cat 6A. Whilst the performance increase is significant, so can the installation costs. The benefits of Cat 6A include shielding as a standard which can help reduce any electrical interference. Cat 6A can support 10 Gbps over the entire 90 metres at 500 Mhz.
Cat 7 & Cat 8
These are intended for use in data centres only, and we would recommend moving to fibre optic if you require higher speeds and capacity than Cat 6A can provide. We can also provide the following services; if we don`t mention below a cabling service you may require then, please contact us
Let us remove all existing patch cables, link cables and other miscellaneous items and re-install using cable management, new labels and patch leads of correct lengths to ensure any future work in your communications cabinet can be carried out in a much more timely and efficient manner.
If you have reached a point where your structured cabling is unusable due to missing labels, poorly installed patch panels or bad terminations, then we can carry out an audit to find and rectify all problems leaving you with cabling that is correctly labelled, tested and easy to use.
We have at our disposal several types of testers and toning equipment to enable us to find and fix any faulty network cabling you may have.