Data Wiring and Cabling Systems


Data Wiring

You may have found this page by searching for ‘data wiring in Croydon‘ or perhaps ‘data cabling in South London‘. You have certainly arrived in the right place as we are qualified and experienced data wiring installers for all areas of London – Balham, Streatham, Chelsea, Lewisham and the rest!

There are two main categories of data wiring, viz. 5 and 6. Category 5 has a second ‘flavour’ – cat. 5e. The ‘e’ stands for enhanced and systems using 5e wiring can provide better rates of transfer of data – up to 1 Gig per second. Category 6 wiring is designed to higher standards and can transmit data at a faster rate and with less signal loss hence better quality of the received data. If properly installed, some cat. 6 wiring can produce 10 Gig per second speed but this is dependent on the length of the data cable runs. Given the price differential between the two types of cable, you may as well invest in the better quality of category 6.

If you are looking for commercial data wiring services, you can skip the next two paragraphs as they are aimed at home-owners who need data cabling installing.

Home automation

Home automation is becoming more and more common. Many new homes are ‘flood wired’ to provide the new owner with just about every conceivable type of automation including smartphone controlled systems:

  • Data transfer between computers
  • Telephones and intercoms
  • Lighting
  • Security & CCTV
  • Television and Internet
  • AV Systems & Whole House Audio
  • Home Cinema
  • Low Voltage Control
  • Heating

Older houses can be retro-wired to provide similar systems.

Installing them is best carried out by a professional electrician, trained in the installation of data cabling. Why? The cables are more delicate than electrical cables and need more careful handling. An ordinary jobbing electrician may not be aware of the techniques required to handle data cables. Your electrician is also extremely familiar with cable routing in houses and can decide the best routing in minutes – DIY could take ages and still be wrong. The fixing of the systems by a professional would also cause less disruption as they have the knowledge and expertise in their heads and could be in and out in the minimum time.

Commercial and Industrial Data Cable Installation

Although domestic data wiring is useful, it is far from essential, but in a commercial setting it is very much a requirement for any business. Files can be shared easily and rapidly across a local area network (LAN). LANs can be combined to give a wider area network (WAN) to link different arts of a large industrial complex. Security systems can be monitored from one central location. Smart heating and lighting systems can be installed, helping your business achieve its environmental targets.

When moving or remodelling offices, the data cabling needs careful handling in order to avoid damage – data cables are finer and not as robust than electrical cables. Our data cabling technicians are experienced in the installation and moving of all types of data cabling, category 5, 5e and 6 at low and high levels. We have worked in factories, industrial units, offices and hotels.

Commercial Data Wiring Testing and Fault Finding

In order to keep your system running at optimal performance, regular testing and fault finding is needed. South London Electricians have the qualifications and expertise to test, document and find redundant outlets or faults on your current data cabling system anywhere in the South London area – Croydon, Bromley, Bexley, Southwark, Merton, Sutton and the rest.

So for a one-source data wiring solution, give us a call on 07956 523316 without any commitment whatsoever – remember, you will speak directly to an electrician (not a receptionist) who will offer you the best advice based on your electrical requirements there and then. Quotes are free and without any obligation.

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