Connect in Cloud Structured Cabling services

Our engineers will plan your devices and sockets and leave them clearly labelled and colour coded for easy organisation. It is to mention that for flexibility sockets will accept any device and new equipment can be simply added. All connections are tested to ensure maximum network performance.


We carry out voice and data cabling installations of Category 5, Category 6 and optic fibre ranging from small office add-ons, to fully managed projects with 1000’s of cabling outlets involved.

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At Connect in Cloud you will get a comprehensive range of cabling products and accessories, like data-cabinets, copper and fibre patch-panels, patch-leads, fans and cable-management, and virtually any other associated products.

We provide our services ranging from new Factory and Office builds and renovations, to underground and over-head cabling, Optic-Fibre to heavy-duty armoured cables, we’ve got it covered.

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CAT5e explained

CAT5e, also known as Category 5e or Category 5 Enhanced, is a network cable standard ratified in 1999. CAT5e offers significantly improved performance over the old CAT5 standard, including up to 10 times faster speeds and a significantly greater ability to traverse distances without being impacted by crosstalk. CAT5e cables are typically 24-gauge twisted pair wires, which can support Gigabit networks at segment distances up to 100 m.

Category 5e (CAT-5e) cabling is the acknowledged minimum standard for connecting computers and superseded the original standard CAT5.

  • Up to 100MHZ frequency support
  • Up to 100Mbps transmission up to 20m
  • Minimum standard
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What is Category 6 cabling?

CAT6, derived from Category 6, came out only a few years after CAT5e. CAT6 is a standardised twisted pair cable for Ethernet that is backward compatible with CAT5/5e and CAT3 cable standards.

Like CAT5e, CAT6 cables support Gigabit Ethernet segments up to 100 m, but they also allow for use in 10-Gigabit networks over a limited distance. At the beginning of this century, CAT5e typically ran to the workstations, whereas CAT6 was used as the backbone infrastructure from router to switches.

Category 6 cabling is the fastest and most recent specification and costs up to 30% more in both material and labour costs. Cat 6 is designed for speeds of from 1Gb up to 10Gb at up to 250MHz bandwidth, and has a more stringent specification designed to reduce interference from crosstalk and system noise.

If you have Cat 6 cabling installed to achieve transmission speeds of 1Gb or more, every part of the Network has to be the same specification, including 1Gb Network cards in workstations, 1Gb switches and Cat 6 patch-leads, sockets, and patch-panels.

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Cat 6 vs Cat 6a Cables

Cat 6 vs Cat 6a Cables

The Cat 6a or Category 6 Augmented cable is the next generation of the Cat 6 cable standard and has been created to improve the performance of the Cat 6 cable for the Ethernet. The Cat 6a cable can transmit 10 gigabit data rates and the cable can be laid up to 328 feet, which is twice that of Cat 6. The Cat 6 also transfers 10 gigabit Ethernet data, while it only covers a distance till 164 feet. The Cat 6a cable provides a far superior performance when compared to the Cat 6 cables, but it is also costly. Though Cat 6a cables are thicker than the Cat 6 cables, but like the Cat 6 cables, they still terminate in the standard RJ-45 connectors.

Category 6a (CAT 6a) offers better data transfer functioning when compared to previous versions such as Cat 6 and Cat 5e and is considered as the impending proof solution for data cabling, particularly where high bandwidths are anticipated.
  • Offers up to 500MHz frequency support
  • Provides up to 10GB transmission up to 100m
  • Lower signal loss, greater consistency of packet transfer, fewer corruptions
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CAT5e vs. CAT6 Cost
Multiple characteristics play an influence on determination of cost of Ethernet cables, the main elements are length, quality, copper content and manufacturer. In general, you will find that CAT6 cables are priced 10-20% above CAT5e cables.

CAT5e vs. CAT6 Maximum Length

Both CAT5e and CAT6 offer lengths of up to 100 m per network segment. The maximum achievable speeds will never be met beyond this length. This can result in a slow or failing connection, or even no connection at all. If it is required to cover distances longer than 100 m, the signal can be amplified with repeaters or switches.

When used for 10GBASE-T, the maximum length of a CAT6 cable reduces to 55 m. After this distance the rate drops to 1GBASE-T. To be able to run 10GBASE-T over the full 100 m, it is advised to use CAT6A also called Augmented Category 6 cable.

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Category 6 Cabling (CAT 6) cabling offers improved data transfer performance when compared to CAT-5e.

  • Offers up to 250MHz frequency support
  • Provides up to 10GB transmission up to 55m
  • Better insertion loss, near-end crosstalk (NEXT), return loss, and equal level far-end crosstalk (ELFEXT)

Cat5 is obsolete and has been replaced by Cat5e. Good quality Cat5e (the “e” means “enhanced”) cable can run at near, or at, gigabit speeds, whilst Cat6 is specifically certified for 1-gigabit operation, therefore offering increased speed over Cat5. Cat6 can perform up to 250MHz whilst Cat5e can only operate up to 100MHz. Cat5e is more economical, has almost comparable speeds and comes in many colours to match environments they're placed into.

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Organised cabling offers an easier, neater and stretcher possibility for network and telecoms management, and devices are upwardly compatible so there is no need to update your devices when you update your cabling.

The CIC team is here to help to our valued clients by providing full Consultancy, project management, equipment supplies and installation.

At CIC, we will provide a full site survey to ensure the quotation we provide meets your requests and the installation provides an economical and future proof solution to cater to the increasing demands on the transfer of voice and data around your environment.

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