Structured Data Cabling

Commswise data cabling team are a leading structured cabling installer. Working throughout London, Oxfordshire and the UK.  All works are guaranteed to industry standards.

Labour costs for installation of  Category 5e and Category 6 systems can be considered identical. It is therefore the difference in materials to consider.  Currently the material cost differential for a 55 metre run of cable component cost (including data cable, module and patch panel)  makes Cat6 £2.55 more to install than Cat5e.  The inference therefore is for new installations to seriously consider the higher performance cable.

With Cat6A there are more difficult considerations.  The additional screening on Cat 6A causes complications with respect to bend radius of the cable and fill ratio in duct & channel.  This will have cost implications on containment design & provision.  Termination is also on keystone jacks in both patch panel and module and can take 50%-100% longer.  Materials are approximately double the cost of  Cat 5 enhanced – so it can be seen that this system will be  minimum 50%  more.


Category 5e data cabling

Category 5e data cabling
Cat5e data cable

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

Maximum cable distance 100 metres.  Category 5e cable utilises only 4 wires in the cable.

+ cost, smaller cable,  can be split with cable economiser.

– does not support 10Gbps, alien crosstalk.


Category 6 data cabling

Supports 10 Mbps, 100Mbps, 1Gbps data transfer (up to 250 MHz).

Category 6 data cabling
Cat6 data cable

Maximum cable distance  100 metres. Cat 6 will also support 10 gigabit per sec up to 55 metres.  Category 6 cable utilises all 8 wires in the cable.

+ve higher spec and performance than Cat5e, limited 10Gbps connectivity.

-ve stricter containment requirements, larger cable & more expensive than Cat5e.


Category 6A data cabling

Category 6A data cabling
Cat6A data cable

Supports 10 Mbps, 100Mbps, 1Gbps, 10Gbps data transfer (up to 500.

MHz).  Maximum cable distance  100 metres.  Category 6 cable utilises all 8 wires in the cable.

+ true 10 Gbit/s connectivity, ideal for backbone infrastructure cabling.

– most expensive cabling, stricter containment requirements, larger cable.