Cat 5e cable is an enhanced version of Cat 5 that formally defined in 2001 as the TIA/EIA-568-B standard, which no longer recognizes the original Cat 5 specification. Although 1000BASE-T was designed for use with Cat 5 cable, the tighter specifications associated with Cat 5e cable and connectors make it an excellent choice for use with 1000BASE-T. Cat 5e cable performance characteristics and test methods are defined in TIA/EIA-568-B.2-2001.
Category 6 cable, commonly referred to as Cat-6A, is a cable standard for Gigabit Ethernet and other network protocols that is backward compatible with the Category 5/5e and Category 3 cable standards. Cat-6A features more stringent specifications for crosstalk and system noise. The cable standard provides performance of up to 650 MHz and is suitable for 10BASE-T / 100BASE-TX and 1000BASE-T / 1000BASE-TX (Gigabit Ethernet) & 10GBASE-T (10-Gigabit Ethernet).
Stetson Power has extensive experience with both Cat 5e and Cat 6 cabling projects. Call today to schedule an evaluation of your project’s needs.
According to the 2014 National Electrical Code® (NEC), a cable tray system is “[a] unit or assembly of units or sections and associated fittings forming a structural system used to securely fasten or support cables and raceways.” Cable trays support cable across open spans in the same manner that roadway bridges support traffic.
Cable trays are not raceways, and are treated as a structural component of a facility’s electrical system. Cable trays are a part of a planned cable management system to support, route, protect and provide a pathway for cable systems.
Cable trays come in a wide variety of sizes. The appropriate size and number of cable trays depends directly on the number and size of conductors intended and the allowable fill area as specified in the NEC. Also, since cable trays offer flexibility for modification and expansion, engineers and designers should plan cable tray systems to be sized and designed to anticipate both current and future needs.
Stetson Power has extensive experience in evaluating space and providing recommendations for the appropriate cable management system installation. Call today to schedule an appointment for the evaluation of your space.
Before any commercial voice/data/video network can be placed in service, certification tests must confirm the network meets applicable industry standards. As technologies advance, certification becomes increasingly complex.
To correctly and efficiently perform certification testing, technicians must understand standards and the testing processes and have the testing equipment suited to the types of cabling included in each system. Installers must competently work with systems that include twisted copper, coaxial and fiber optic cabling, each with individual testing requirements.
Stetson Power has extensive experience in both the certification and troubleshooting of network cabling systems. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.
Raised server room floors are the hallmark of the high-availability enterprise data center, and with good reason. For many companies, the presentation of their data center is an important part of facility tours for key customers. Data centers and server rooms without raised floors are perceived as being incomplete or less than state of the art.
The raised flooring within server rooms was developed to provide a distribution system for conditioned cold air, tracks, conduits, and/or supports for data cabling, conduits for power cabling, a copper ground grid for grounding of equipment, and a location to run chilled water and/or other CRAC piping.
Needs for conditioned cold air and power distribution contribute to the popularity of raised floors. Both operations people and server room design firms value the flexibility that is provided by raised floor systems. Regarding power requirements, the number of branch circuits per square foot in today's data center is much greater than in the past. In most cases, it is easier to install and maintain under-floor branch circuits than ceiling-mounted branch circuits; although, a recent trend is to utilize a power and data cable pathway as part of the cabinet system. This effectively reduces the cable quantities under the raised floor, thereby allowing for greater open space dedicated to air distribution. In general, raised server room floors are a predictable and practical design option for most facilities.
From installing raised server room floors to monitoring increasing power requirements, Stetson Power is the ideal provider for planning and designing server rooms and helping to maintain and monitor them once installation is complete. For results you can count on, let Stetson Power continue to serve you throughout the implementation and maintenance process.
When you order new T-1, DSL, DS3 or telephone service in your commercial suite, typically the service provider will extend that service only to the D-Mark, which is generally located in a central location in the basement or ground floor of the building. That service must then be properly extended into your tenant space by a qualified and licensed professional. Stetson Power can expertly extend your service from the D-Mark to your suite. Contact us today for an evaluation.
The conference room is often the most used and most frequently seen space in an office suite. The conference room can be a workspace, a meeting place, and a showpiece for current and potential clients. To make the best use of the space, the installation of multimedia and/or HDTV display system with efficient controls can transform a simple conference room into a place to meet clients, prepare for and give sophisticated presentations, and for your staff to meet and strategize.
An office paging system can be an essential tool in some tenant spaces. It allows for proper coordination of clients, visitors, and employees as they move throughout the office space. Furthermore, a professionally installed and unobtrusive office paging and music system can provide background music which will impart a more professional and polished feel to your company’s image.
In industries where there are many employees discussing privileged or confidential information, an office speaker system can also be used to generate masking white noise to assist in preventing delicate information from being carried outside the physical office space or over phone lines.
Increasingly, businesses are transitioning to voice over IP systems instead of traditional telephone service. To reap the maximum benefit from this service, the data cabling system must be proper for the application. In order to determine whether voice over IP is appropriate for your space, or to determine whether your existing cabling can support such a service, contact Stetson Power for an evaluation.