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Network and data cabling 

Installed the right way


data cabling IN OXFORD

At Redbeard IT, we begin all new data and network cabling installations with a consultation where we discuss your business requirements and your current network specifications. This is the first stage in ensuring we provide the most efficient and cost-effective install to suit your network needs.

Our installs are completed to industry standards and we work closely with all of our Oxford clients to ensure complete customer satisfaction throughout the entirety of the project.

Cat5e copper network cable


Supports 10Mbps, 100Mbps, 1Gbps data transfer (up to 100MHz).

The Positive: Low install costs.

The Negative: Starting to be phased out of production. Does not support 2.5Gbps, 5Gbps or 10Gbps. High crosstalk & interference.

Cat6 copper network cable


Officially supports 1Gbps (2.5Gbps and 5Gbps data transfer achievable but not recognised by ISO, EN or TIA) up to 250MHz.

The Positive: Greater performance than Cat5e, less crosstalk & interference.

The Negative: ISO, EN & TIA standards do not recognise 2.5Gbps or 5Gbps as supported speeds.

Cat6A copper network cable


Officially supports 2.5Gbps, 5Gbps & 10Gbps data transfer (up to 500MHz).

The Positive: Future-resilient. True support for 2.5Gbps, 5Gbps & 10Gbps connectivity (up to 90 metres) under ISO, EN and TIA standards.

The Negative: Strict industry standards dictate how it is installed – longer installation.

Trusted Installs

By approved data cable installers

With new data cable installations, there is a high demand for quick and reliable network speeds. The only way to guarantee high speeds is with an approved network cable installer who understand the product and its specifications. Not only do Oxford’s local Telecoms Engineers, Redbeard IT, provide a quality service but they have been approved to provide date cable installations by leading industry manufacturers. Because of this guarantee, if we say high speeds, we mean it.

Industry language

Sometimes we use words and acronyms that only those in the industry are aware of. Here are some of the most common, briefly explained.

  • Bit: a 1 or a 0.
  • Byte: 8 bits.
  • Mbps: megabits per second.
  • MBps: megabytes per second.

Things to consider with any install


First look at what’s required. Is there minimal or high traffic being sent, what network connection speeds are needed and what is the lifespan of the project?


With a low demand or small traffic, a lower grade cable like Cat5e can be used. If it is a network link with large amounts of data and needs a high bandwidth, Cat6A might be an option to look into.


Do you want to provide some future-proofing and redundancy on your network or is it an install to get you up and running quickly?

Contact us today

If you are unsure of the service or installation that you require, we can conduct an on-site survey at no cost, providing you with a no-obligation quote. Our cabling team is based in Oxford and are always happy to give advice. Get in touch with our engineers today.