Fiber optic cable is one of the fastest-growing transmission mediums for both new cabling installations and upgrades, including backbone, horizontal, and even desktop applications. Fiber offers a number of advantages over copper.


The cost for fiber cable, components, and hardware is steadily decreasing. Installation costs for fiber are higher than copper because of the skill needed for terminations. Overall, fiber is more expensive than copper in the short run, but it may actually be less expensive in the long run. Fiber typically costs less to maintain, has less much less downtime, and requires less networking hardware. And fiber eliminates the need to recable for higher network performance.

 Low attenuation and greater distance

Because the fiber optic signal is made of light, very little signal loss occurs during transmission, and data can move at higher speeds and greater distances. Fiber does not have the 100-meter (9328-ft.) distance limitation of unshielded twisted pair copper (without a booster). Fiber distances can range from 300 meters (984.2 ft.) to 40 kilometers (24.8 mi.), depending on the style of cable, wavelength, and network. Because fiber signals need less boosting than copper ones do, the cable performs better.


Your data is safe with fiber cable. It doesn’t radiate signals and is extremely difficult to tap. If the cable is tapped, it’s very easy to monitor because the cable leaks light, causing the entire system to fail. If an attempt is made to break the physical security of your fiber system, you’ll know it.

Fiber networks also enable you to put all your electronics and hardware in one central location, instead of having wiring closets with equipment throughout the building.

Greater bandwidth

Fiber provides far greater bandwidth than copper and has standardized performance up to 10 Gbps. While not currently a standard, these speeds could become a reality in future proposals and ratifications. Keep in mind that fiber speeds are dependent on the type of cable used. Single-mode cable offers far greater distance than either 62.5- or 50-micron multimode cable. In addition, fiber optic cable can carry more information with greater fidelity than copper wire. That’s why telephone and CATV companies are converting to fiber.

Immunity and reliability

Fiber provides extremely reliable data transmission. It’s completely immune to many environmental factors that affect copper cable. The core is made of glass, which is an insulator, so no electric current can flow through. It’s immune to electrometric interference and radio-frequency interference (EM/RFI), crosstalk, impedance problems, and more. You can run fiber cable next to industrial equipment without worry. Fiber is also less susceptible to temperature fluctuations than copper and can be submerged in water.


Fiber is lightweight, thin, and more durable than copper cable. Plus, fiber optic cable has pulling specifications that are up to 10 times greater than copper cable’s. Its small size makes it easier to handle, and it takes up much less space in cabling ducts. Although fiber is still more difficult to terminate than copper, advancements in connectors are making termination easier. In addition, fiber is actually easier to test than copper cable.


The proliferation and lower costs of media converters are making copper to fiber migration much easier. The converters provide seamless links and enable the use of existing hardware. Fiber can be incorporated into network in planned upgrades.


TIA/EIA-785, ratified in 2001, provides a cost-effective migration path from 10-Mbps Ethernet to 100-Mbps Fast Ethernet over fiber (100BASE-SX). An addendum to the standard eliminates limitations in transceiver designs. In addition, in June 2002, the IEEE approved a 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10-GbE) standard.

There are many more advantages to Fiber optics. Shoreworx technicians can meet with you on site to discuss your needs and explain why Fiber is the wave of the future. Call us today! 440-808-8448

Shoreworx Communications is a top installer of network cables in the Cleveland area, as well as the rest of Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Michigan. We have a strong reputation for being reliable, knowledgeable and having competitive pricing. Our team of technicians are up to date on all technological advances and are eager to learn more as information becomes available, keeping us in the know for your needs. We take great pride in our work and will assist you with a variety of your business needs. Our services include:

  • Structured Network Cabling, Category 5e, 6, and 7, De-mark extensions, A/V Cabling etc.
  • Installation, repair and troubleshooting of all POTS lines and customer networks
  • VOIP installation services
  • CPE Installation services
  • Complete Wiring and Network Room Demolition Services available with certification
  • Equipment removal and Asset Liquidation Services
  • Phone Closet and complete Data Center remediation, inventory and clean-ups
  • Fiber optic cabling, termination, splicing, testing, troubleshooting, and repair
  • Audio/Video and paging systems
  • Conference room solutions
  • CCTV/IP/Analog Surveillance Systems (Axis Partner and Authorized Reseller)
  • Access Control/Biometric Solutions
  • WLAN and Wi-Fi surveys, design, installation, troubleshooting and repair. We own our own Fluke AirCheck, Air Magnet Survey Pro Software and equipment.
  • Data Center/Server Room planning, design, build, commissioning, test and turn-up. This includes the installation of raised access flooring, HVAC, UPS, fire suppression, security, and monitoring platforms such as Environet and Falcon.
  • Collocation and TELCO Installation Services, DSX Panels, Ladder Rack, Grounding Systems, Nortel S/DMS/Tellabs/Lucent 5eSS installation and implementation
  • Internet access Services/1.5Mbps/3Mbps/5Mbps/10Mbps/20Mbps/100Mbps/Gigabit Rates available
  • AC/DC Electrical Services
  • Data Center and critical infrastructure security cages and rooms.
  • Project Management Services, we have managed national roll outs and installations for some of our larger clients
  • Rack and Stack services, OEM, Network Engineering Services
  • Data Center Relocation Services, Planning, Project Management, Big Box, Small Move, Etc.

Contact Shoreworx today to schedule your free site survey!

phone: 440-808-8448


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Are you starting a new business, relocating an existing office, updating, expanding, or managing the day-to-day moves within your office?  If so, the cabling process can be a major undertaking and several details need to be considered.  Let Shoreworx expertise and resources help you integrate new telecommunication and data technology to your current cabling structure. Our team of Cleveland data cabling contractors can assist you with any size job, no matter how small or large.


What we offer:

  • Voice & Data Cabling Installation (CAT3, CAT5,  CAT5e, CAT6, CAT6a)
  • Patch Panel and Voice blocks installation
  • Voice & Data station patch panel installation, termination, and labeling
  • Rack installation or build out, ladder rack, fiber tray, cable management
  • Data Center/Server Room design and build
  • Demarcation extensions (T1, ISDN, 56K, Broadband, CO lines)
  • Cross connection of voice cables to phone system
  • Coax installation (CATV, CCTV)
  • Cable pathway support (Bridle rings, J-hooks etc.)
  • Cable removal services/Plenum space cleanup


  • Multimode & Single-mode installation
  • Fiber terminations (SC,ST,LC,FC and more)
  • Armored fiber & innerduct installation
  • Splice tray holders, Fiber Panel & terminations
  • Fiber to copper media converters & transceivers
  • Fiber patch cables and labeling
  • MTP, 40 Gigabit, 100Gigabit, and Micro data center fiber
  • Fiber backbone solutions

Do you need cabling in your new or existing business? We can help!

Call Shoreworx today for a free site survey and consultation (440) 808-8448. We are Cleveland’s “One Stop Shop Technology Shop”. All of our work is performed by our BICSI Trained technicians and carries a minimum 5 year warranty. Most of our cabling solutions include a lifetime warranty on the cabling infrastructure. Copper and Fiber Optic Cabling Installation is our specialty! Our team of technicians care and take great pride in their installations. We are constantly sending our technicians to training in an effort to further their expertise in the field, and to ensure that BISCI Installation Standards are being met on each and every install. We are a trusted Cleveland Cabling Company.

Shoreworx Security cameras and systems provide you with one of the best options to protect your environment and provide your facilities with the highest level of security and protection. We offer a wide range of advanced digital video technology – allowing you an unprecedented level of organization and control over your surveillance data and access to it from anywhere in the world. Whether you want to view your DVR system from your Iphone, PC or a room full of large screen monitors, Shoreworx has the solution that will fit your needs.

Low-voltage Cabling Solutions
We can design and install solutions that include music / sound / paging systems and public address (PA) systems, as well as nurse call systems, CCTV and security systems, and access control systems.


Shoreworx Communications can provide and install any kind of closed circuit television system using the latest technology for your residential or commercial needs. CCTV Surveillance systems are now being used widely. People are using CCTV systems with remote viewing to make sure their houses or commercial properties are deterred from crimes of burglary break-ins and vandalism. We can install a security system that starts recording on a DVR as soon as the cameras detect any movement. The DVR’s are connected to the internet and allow you to view your house or a retail shop from anywhere in the world.

Shoreworx was excellent in helping us choose a system that fit our needs. They provided an entire easy to use DVR system complete with cameras and even trained all of our employees on how to use the system. Highly recommended!!!

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Call one of our highly trained staff members and they can assist you with all your questions and prices.

Call one of our highly trained staff members and they can assist you with all your questions and prices.
  • IP/Analog/Hybrid DVR systems
  • Thermal Imaging Surveillance
  • CCTV Cameras
  • Dome cameras
  • Dummy cameras
  • Hidden cameras
  • IP Cameras
  • PTZ Cameras
  • Access Control Systems
  • CCTV footage on mobile phone
  • Custom digital video systems allowing you to record/view/and watch video of your office from any computer in the world. Monitor your business 24/7
Brands we use:
  • Pelco
  • Pelco Spectra
  • American Dynamics
  • Axis
  • Bosch
  • Sony Ipela
  • GE CoVI
  • Integral
  • Honeywell
  • Exwave
  • Panasonic

Surveillance CCTV systems can help your business in many ways. We can install a professional CCTV Camera system for your business that satisfies all your needs. We assign a project manager to every CCTV installation to ensure your complete satisfaction. The job is ongoing until you are 100% satisfied and remember our dedicated CCTV support will be just a call away.There are many types of Surveillance CCTV systems. When you do business with us, choosing the right CCTV camera system is our job and our promise. We Install security & CCTV systems for retail shops, restaurants, bars, clubs, offices, schools, commercial buildings, warehouses, factories, and data centers.
Access Control

Building access control systems
Physical access control systems
Biometric access control systems
Telephone, Intercom, Video entry systems
Electric and magnetic strikes
Card reader and keypad systems
Request to Exit Components

Brands we use:

  • DSX
    Northern Computers
    Schlage HK-2 Biometric Access Control
    Black Box

Installing access control systems into your business environment is a way of protecting your property, your personnel and your visitors. By managing and monitoring access into and from any area or building, this flexible system can ensure complete control over any site, however large or small.

From simple systems consisting of access control for three or four doors, ranging up to multi-site high security systems that incorporate the control of thousands of card readers located at different sites, Shoreworx will provide an individual solution for each client.

With just one call you will be in touch with local professionals who have been in the security business for over 12 years. Shoreworx engineers can coordinate a convenient time to survey your business and provide consultation. By closely observing your day-to-day operations and analyzing the specifics of your facility, we can propose a state-of-the-art security system designed particularly for your business or organization. A wide variety of products may be used, including: electronic access control, biometrics, closed circuit television, remote site CCTV and local 24 hour alarm monitoring.

Whether you are looking for security for commercial, residential or hospitality sectors, card access control systems can be an excellent method of ensuring that your property remains safe and secure. This type of system also enables you to restrict, monitor and modify access to the areas that need to be secured.

If you have stayed in a hotel, you are likely familiar with this type of system.  You are given an access card which allows you to enter certain areas, and the card has a limited activation period.  Hotels also use these cards for their employees, allowing management, housekeepers and maintenance to access specific areas on the property.  Hospitality sector usage is the most common for card access control systems, but they also have much farther reaching applicability.


Access Control Card Reader


Card access control systems can be used in any business where an area needs to be kept secured.  Whether you have an inventory room or area that contains valuable items or sensitive data, or a server room with computer equipment that needs to have limited access, a card access control system would be perfect for your needs.  These types of systems work much more efficiently than a key-based system due to a few factors:

  • Keys can be lost or duplicated
  • The cost of replacing an entire lock mechanism when keys are put into the wrong hands is far greater than deactivating an access card
  • If you need to restrict someone’s access you can do so by deactivating their card without having to have the card in your possession.

At the basic level, card access control systems can allow card-carrying personnel to unlock a door and gain entry to a certain area.  In more complex systems, a card can be programmed to allow entry through specific doors or into specific areas or permit entry only during certain times.  Data about who has which card and what type of access that person’s card has is also available via the controller, which – via connection to the card readers located at points of entry or access – signals the door to permit entry or not.

With software programs on complex systems, card carriers can be added or removed, access schedules or which areas personnel are allowed to enter and other facets of manipulating permissions or points-of-entry can be performed easily by the system operator.  Additionally, the software can be used to provide monitoring of point-of-entry access activity both historically and in real-time.  This allows you to know who is going where and when, for all secured doors and entry points at your facility or on your property.

With all that in mind, here are five things to keep in mind before you install a card access control system at your property or facility:

  • What type of access do you want to provide or what type of security do you require?
  • Will all personnel have access to areas that are secured by card readers?
  • What type of investment are you willing to make to ensure security?
  • Do you want additional levels of security for some areas (i.e., keypad code entry)?
  • Do you have a plan in mind for the hierarchy of access for personnel and points-of-entry?

It is best to contact Shoreworx Communications at (440) 808-8448 to schedule a FREE site survey to install a new access control system

Structured Cabling/Connectivity

If your business still uses 10-year-old networking equipment, we have a simple solution: a complete upgrade of your structured cabling. Remember a time when 56 kbps dial-up Internet was cutting edge technology, but around the turn of the century, broadband connections, like DSL and cable, started to spring up.


Copper telephone lines used to be sufficient for basic phone calls and Internet browsing. Nobody needs a fast Internet connection to read emails or send text documents. Times have changed, several :

  • Streaming Internet radio and videos
  • Teleconferencing
  • Transferring 100 MB and larger files

All of these tasks require significantly more bandwidth, and your old hardware will eventually impact your bottom line. If employees cannot access the information they need, productivity will adversely affected. Shoreworx Communications offers a full range of structured cabling options. Our experts will inspect your current infrastructure and make recommendations based on your current bandwidth needs, and many of our customers decide to upgrade their electrical and structured cabling at the same time to minimize costs.

Voice Communications

Nothing beats good old fashioned telephones for communicating with clients and coworkers. Shoreworx Communications will install or upgrade telephone systems. We can also help you configure VoIP solutions that let you communicate over your Internet connection instead of a dedicated telephone line. You will still have a phone number, and in most respects, your phone experience will be identical to a conventional phone service but with the added benefits of increased flexibility, mobility, and productivity.


More bandwidth is required for the constant evolution of technology. As you hire additional employees and upgrade your computers, you will quickly find that your aging network can no longer handle the increased load. To bring your LAN (Local Area Network) up to speed.

  • Cat 6, Cat6e
  • Fiber optics
  • HDMI

Let our knowledgeable team at Shoreworx Communications help you figure out what is best for your business needs. Our site surveys are free. Please call us today to schedule your free site survey! 440-808-8448. We cannot wait to hear from you!

Shoreworx Communications specializes in the design and installation of structured cabling systems with an emphasis on data center, new construction, retail chains, and corporate relocations.

Shoreworx is a national installer of  IT infrastructure and network cabling. Whether your network is ten computers or ten buildings in a campus environment, Shoreworx can provide the copper and fiber cabling needed to connect voice and data across your network. Shoreworx also offers services such as wireless access points, access control and surveillance, VoIP systems, IP network video surveillance, fiber optic installation, collocation and fully documented CAD drawings.



  • Shoreworx provides a valuable service from soup to nuts. From a single cable installation, to your next fully operational Data Center.
  • Our estimating and tracking system allows us to accurately assess cable needs for every job.
  • We pride ourselves on maintaining our customers, on a long term basis. We want your business for twenty years and our staff works hard at keeping it.
  • All cable is properly and professionally labeled at the closet end and at the end user location with Brady Thermal Labels.
  • All cabling is installed per industry and manufacturer standards. We are professionals and our work shows it.
  • We drive quality of service over anything else. All of our technicians are qualified, certified, and undergo constant training/testing  in an effort to expand their knowledge of ever changing building codes, technology, and best practice methods.
  • After installation and termination, every cable is professionally Fluke certified to its standard.
  • We provide electronic Certification results to our clients for every cable installed.
  • We offer free estimates/consultations to all of our customers/potential customers.
  • We warranty all of our work 100% in writing.
  • We can provide qualified references from highly reputable law firms, Universities, Religious Affiliations, Financial Institutions, Real Estate Firms, Restaurant Chains, Retail Chains, and many other types of businesses from Cleveland, Akron, Canton or Pittsburgh that choose Shoreworx as their Technology Service Provider.
  • We accept Visa/MasterCard/American Express and PayPal
We warranty all of our work 100% in writing. We can provide qualified references from highly reputable law firms, Universities, Religious Affiliations, Financial Institutions, Real Estate Firms, Restaurant Chains, Retail Chains, and many other types of businesses that choose Shoreworx as their Technology Service Provider.

Shoreworx is one of the most experienced and established fiber optic installation companies in the Cleveland/Akron metropolitan area. We specialize in the complete installation of business communication systems with structured voice and data cabling design and infrastructure. We are committed to supplying the equipment and systems which build a scalable network that will meet your company’s needs not only today, but for many years in the future. As a Fiber Optic contractor, in addition to fiber cabling, we work with Cat 5e, Cat6, Coax, Horizontal Cabling, Backbone cabling, Server Room, Data Room Building / Datacenter Build Outs.

The Shoreworx team has been tasked with installing fiber optic cable in just about every scenario imaginable. Call us today for your free estimate and consultation. We take great pride in everything we install and stand behind our work with a written warranty for every installation.

Construction Services

Fiber Optic Installation Types
– Fiber Optic Cabling

  • Fiber Optic Installation
  • Aerial Cable Placement
  • Underground Conduit Construction
  • Fiber Optic Termination
  • Conduit Rodding, Cleaning and Cable Pulling
  • Fiber Optic Splicing
  • Full Scope Design and Maintenance for Fiber Cabling
  • Multimode Cable
  • ST/SC/LC/FC Connectors
  • Multimedia Outlets
  • Wall or Rack Mounted Cabinets
  • Single Mode Cable
  • Fiber Cabling
  • Outdoor – Fiber Optic Cabling
  • Premise Data Networks
  • Armored Fiber Optic Cable
  • OTDR Testing/Certification
  • Fusion Splicing


The race between Copper and Fiber was won, and the incontrovertible winner is fiber. Virtual Private Networking (VPN) for telecommuters, or point-to-point T1 services for businesses, only Fiber Optics can satisfy the wide-ranging needs of an entire community. Fiber Optic contractors know that the use of a Fiber Optic Network minimizes maintenance expenses because the Fiber Optic Network signals are not affected by electrical noise. Exempt from FCC-mandated sweeps, fiber reduces operation and maintenance costs for an outside plant. Fiber also drives much longer loops than copper and there is no ongoing plant tuning. Additionally, the Fiber Optic Network has an estimated Interior/Exterior, LAN, WAN, and Plant life of more than 35 years. On the other hand, copper cable is delicate. It only has a 25 pound pulling tension limit and kinks will ruin the high speed performance. With fiber, even though it’s glass fiber, it has more strength and greater tolerance to abuse than copper wire. Not too many years ago, fiber was a novelty, and there was little fiber optic installation experience in the industry. Copper was the king. In today’s high speed networks the reverse is true. While copper is restricted as far as speed, fiber can look at the very high speed industry future with supreme confidence.


The Secret to Success in Fiber Optics Installations is Training!

Our stellar reputation among Fiber Optic contractors is due to the continuous investment we make in training each Fiber Optic Technician on our staff. We are fully insured and carry all manufacturers. There is no job too small or too large. Whether you require one line or one thousand lines, we will do the job efficiently, to your specification, and on budget.

Contact Shoreworx today to see if our fiber optic cabling solution
is the right fit for your business.

Structured Cabling Ohio - Decisions That Will Affect Your Business For Years To Come

The combining of data onto a single network is always a topic for discussion. The technology is here, but what about the actual infrastructure to move all this data around? Some network managers might question whether the CAT-5 links in their cable plant will support 1000BaseT. Even if the cabling will run at high data rates, recurring network problems may not be the fault of hubs, routers or software.

In the mid 1970’s Ethernet was unveiled at a speed of 10mbs and offering (at that time) big amounts of bandwidth. 20 years later, 905 of PCs were still transferring data at that speed.  The increase of PCs on every desktop and the rise of data intensive application has seen exponential increases in connection speed throughout the system. In the mid 90’s, the International Standardisation Organisation (ISO) ratified CAT-5 interconnection hardware specifications, which extended bandwidth to 100MHz and supports 100Mbps 100BaseTX Fast Ethernet systems. CAT-5 hardware will also run 155Mbps Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM-155) traffic.

Today’s bandwidth expectations mean that CAT-5 is coming to the end of its upgrade life. The Category 5 Enhanced (5e) standards specify more headroom for 100BaseTX and ATM-155 traffic. Critically, 5e standards make reliable gigabit Ethernet connections possible. Nonetheless, many structured cabling suppliers argue that 5e is only an interim solution before the arrival of CAT-6, which will support at least 200MHz; in the interests of sufficient operating margin, the IEEE is requesting a 250MHz CAT-6 specification. Despite the fact that CAT-6 standards are only at draft stage, manufacturers are offering a host of products and claiming that they comply with the draft proposals.

In applications such as video streaming or editing, gigabit Ethernet offers the opportunity to work more efficiently. Instead of downloading a sequence from a server and running it locally in real-time, multiple editors can view 27Mbps video streams concurrently at their computers. Other early adopters in the United Kingdom include the Meteorological office, which moves gigabytes of data to model weather patterns. For most users, the best reason for installing the latest CAT-6 copper technology lies with providing the greatest degree of “future-proofing”.

CAT-5 cabling is adequate for most installations today. 5e supports any of today’s protocols and provides more margin. Compared with CAT-5 products, you can currently expect a 15% premium for 5e and as much as 50 % for CAT-6. Important design issues include limiting the clock rate to ease cabling requirements and limiting EMC emissions without resorting to shielded cabling.

In March 1997, the IEEE Standards Board approved the 1000BaseT project under the number P802.ab. The committee’s objective is to design a gigabit Ethernet system that runs over CAT-5 level cabling. The shielded-versus-unshielded cable debate has raged since 10BaseT’s introduction. The Fast Ethernet-compatible symbol rate of 125MHz with two bits per symbol yields 250Mbps per twisted pair. Cable-test recommendations specify three link models. Cable management is important for CAT-5 systems and becomes critical for high-bandwidth systems – CAT-6 GigaBand system.

Bandwidth intensive data and video applications continue to push the need for high performance structured cabling systems that can support higher transmission. The  decision is to purchase the best performing cabling system available to guard against obsolescence. CAT-6/Class E cabling provides 2.5 times the bandwidth and can deliver as much as 300 % better power sum attenuation to crosstalk  performance at 100MHz than 5e systems for approximately 25 % greater installed cost. Even so, many customers question whether they should purchase CAT-6/class E cabling systems prior to TIA/EIA ratification of the standard. Many fear that they will be left with a telecommunications infrastructure that will not meet the final standard specifications or will not support all intended applications. Fortunately, by doing a little research and asking the right questions, customers can purchase a CAT-6 system that will support 250MHz applications well into the next generation of networking technologies.

Development of the TIA draft CAT-6 standard is nearing completion and is expected to be forwarded for industry ballot review in December 1999. Although it may be months before a consensus is reached and the standard is approved, it is unlikely that there will be changes between now and then. Since project initiation in September 1997, the key performance goals for CAT-6 and class E have remained firm. In fact, ISO/IEC had communicated these goals to the industry in 1997 specifically to “allow manufacturers to start development of the required cabling components”. Standards groups are actively working to finalize the development of field and laboratory test measurement criteria at this time. Evidence of the progressing standard is the fact that a variety of manufacturers are now actively promoting CAT-6 solutions.

A company’s investment in cabling is a long-term return. Although CAT-5 cabling installed for use on 10/100 networks may be fine at gigabit and beyond speeds, even small problems can become major headaches. When the standards are ratified for CAT-6, the marginal 25-30 % increase in installation costs will be overshadowed by reliable gigabit speeds.

Shoreworx Communications are experts in the field of data cabling, we can tell you exactly what is needed for each situation. We keep up to date on all advances in technology and are here to help you. Give us a call! 440-808-8448

Voice and Data Structured Cabling

All types of data cable

Shoreworx Communications, located in Cleveland,  designs and installs a wide range of inside structured cabling to accommodate telecommunications, data networks, paging systems, and CATV services.  Common types of cable include Category 3, Category 5e, Category 6, Coax, and Fiber Optic Cabling in Cleveland.

To assist you in the planning process of a structured cabling project, we have provided a brief definition of structured cabling, along with a description of the different components of a structured cabling project.

The term “structured cabling” refers to the cabling infrastructure in a building, campus, or multi-campus environment.  Structured cabling consists of the following components:

  • Demarcation point (sometimes referred to as a “demarc”) is the point where the telephone company network ends and connects to wiring inside the customer’s premises.
  • Main Distribution Frame (MDF) commonly refers to the location of the telephone system and the main components of the data network infrastructure.
  • Intermediate Distribution Frames (IDFs) refers to equipment and wiring closets that are typically on different floors.  In small office environments of 50 workstations or less, IDFs are usually not needed.
  • Horizontal wiring typically consists of Cat 3, Cat 5e, Cat 6, or Coax cables.  Horizontal wiring connects the MDF and IDF(s) to individual outlets to serve workstations.

Different Types of Data Cable Based on Data Needs

Category 3 (Cat 3) Cable
Category 3 cable, commonly referred to as Cat 3, is a 24 gauge twisted pair cable, and continues to be a cable standard to support traditional digital and analog telephones, traditional fax machines, and paging speakers and horns.

Category 5e (Cat 5e) Cable
Category 5e cable, commonly referred to as Cat 5e, is a 24 gauge twisted pair cable, and is a cable standard for 100 Mbps Ethernet computer networks for the connectivity of computers, network printers, VoIP telephones, and other IP devices that connect to the network.  The Cat 5e rating can be maintained for cable lengths within 330 feet.  Cat 5e cable is backwards compatible with Cat 3.  Therefore, Cat 5e can also support traditional digital and analog telephones.

Category 6 (Cat 6) Cable
Category 6 cable, commonly referred to as Cat 6 is a twisted pair cable and is a cable standard for Gigabit Ethernet (1000 Mbps) computer networks for the connectivity of computers, network printers, VoIP telephones, and other IP devices that connect to the network.  The Cat 6 rating can be maintained for cable lengths within 330 feet.  Cat 6 cable is backwards compatible with Cat 5e and Cat 3.  Therefore, Cat 6 can also support 100 Mbps Ethernet computer networks as well as traditional digital and analog telephones.

Coaxial (Coax) Cable
Coaxial cable, commonly referred to as coax, is a cable with an inner conductor, surrounded by a flexible, tubular insulating layer and conducting shield.  For inside structured wiring projects for business, coax cable is most commonly used to extend cable television signals from the main wiring closet (referred to as the main distribution frame or MDF), to each TV location.

Coax cable is the means of connection between the cable company (historically the cable TV company) and homes and offices, and can provide phone, internet, and television services.

Fiber Optic Cable
A fiber optic cable is a thin, flexible, transparent fiber that acts as a light pipe to transmit light between two ends of the fiber.  Fiber optics permits transmissions over longer distances at higher bandwidths than Cat 5e, Cat 6, or Coaxial Cable.  Fiber optic cables can be used when exceeding the 330 foot distance limitation of Cat 5e or Cat 6 for structured wiring projects in a single building, campus environment, or multi-campus environment.

Fiber optic cables can also be used as the means of connection between a customer’s premise and the voice/data/internet carrier in order to achieve reliable connectivity and higher bandwidth than is possible with traditional copper or coax connections to an office building.


Call Shoreworx today at 440-808-8448 for a free estimate/consultation. We can perform a free health checkup of your existing network and make recommendations for improvement.


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