Our in-house ATEKI Engineer extends a no-cost, comprehensive, face-to-face “Scope Review” to help you better understand industry standards required to network all your company’s wireless devices.
The resulting review will assess the infrastructure of your company’s structured cabling systems to either accommodate growth reorganize existing low voltage wiring or establish new network cabling which includes wires, jacks, distribution panels and network interface devices.
More specifically, Matt conducts checks on each of the wires (defined below) which support your computer network, audio, video, security, and automation.
Security Wire comes in many different forms and can have stranded or solid copper conductors in both shielded and unshielded varieties. It commonly comes in 18 and 24AWG with either two or four conductors. It is often used for wiring keypads, occupancy sensors, doors and window sensors and smoke detectors.
Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) is the most common type of low voltage wire. UTP has four pairs of wires. There is no grounded shield around the wires and the pairs are twisted together. The twisting helps prevent the signal on one wire from jumping onto the other wire, which is called cross talk. This allows for less interference and higher bandwidth.
Fiber Optic Cables are difficult to work with because they require specialized (code for expensive) crimping tools and connectors. It is a cable that has glass fibers that are used to transfer light, instead of electricity. Light versus electricity is not susceptible to cross talk or outside electromagnetic interference. Fiber Optic Cables are the only alternative for long distance runs or runs where there is an abundance of interference. Also, fiber optics is the only option when running network cables, further than 300 feet.
Coaxial Cable (Coax) has a single solid copper wire for a core that is insulated and surrounded by one of many grounded shields. The grounded shields are usually a combination of an aluminum foil and or a braided wire mesh, commonly used for transmitting high frequency signals over long distances. There are many different types of coax cable. Though the original definition came from the military, who no longer use them, they were so common that they are still used today. The types are designated with an RG number. The type describes the size of the core and the shield around the core.
Before moving forward on your low voltage wiring project call ATEKI toll free at 1-800-392-8354 for a quote.