LAN cables in Singapore are used for computer networking. These include Coax and Ethernet cables. If you have difficulties running these cables in your house or in the office, here are some tips to keep in mind. Check out the latest LAN cables below!

What is a LAN cable? | What are the different types of Ethernet cables? | Tips on How to Run LAN Cables More Efficiently

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Tips on How to Run LAN Cables More Efficiently

What is a LAN cable?

LAN stands for local area network. It's a computer network that interconnects computers in a certain area such as homes, universities, offices, commercial buildings, labs or any place with a range of computers in close vicinity. The simplest way of setting up a LAN is to use an ethernet cable, or also known as a LAN cable.

LAN wires connect computers, network switches, and from the switch to a router, modem or DSL which powers your internet. When connected, these devices form a LAN (Local Area Network) with the help of a wireless LAN, ethernet, or networking cable.

What are the different types of Ethernet cables?

Cat 5e Ethernet Cables - Cat5e (“e” for “enhanced”) is an upgrade from the already outdated Cat 5 Ethernet cable. Cat 5e cables support up to 1 Gbps and are generally sufficient for home use with basic Internet functions, such as email and online shopping.

Cat 6 Ethernet Cables - These wires support speeds at a maximum of 10 Gbps, ten times faster than Cat5e in performance. Cat 6 is ideal for activities that require more data transmission, such as streaming TV shows or online gaming. The increased speed makes Cat 6 the best choice for small-scale networks.

Cat 7 Ethernet Cable - An extremely high-speed cable with data speeds of 100 Gbps. It is shielded by default since it's most commonly used near equipment with high-energy consumption, such as data servers, that generate EMI.

CAT 8 Ethernet Cable - The latest and greatest iteration of Ethernet. It supports speeds of 30 Gbps but has more than double the bandwidth than Cat 7. Currently, Cat 8 is mostly used in data centers.

Whether you work in an office or from home as a freelancer, you'll probably have to pull some LAN cables to ensure good connections during your career. Find out how you can make the job a little easier with these tips.

Start with the basics

When pulling CAT 5 (and other types of) LAN cables in Singapore, it is important to remember a few things. The small gauge conductors inside unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cables are easily broken when too much force is applied to them while you're pulling them. Many manufacturers suggest that a pressure not exceeding 35 to 50 pounds should be applied to this type of unshielded cable.

Also, these types of cables shouldn't be bent sharply around corners. Bends should generally have a minimum radius of no less than 5 inches. UTP is also subject to electronic distortion in the form of radio frequency interference (RFI), most often from the ballast transformers found in fluorescent light fixtures. This means that these LAN cables should be run at least 3 feet away from these fixtures to minimize signal loss.

Get the right tools

If you have problems fishing a cable through ceilings and walls, then it becomes easier to do if you have the right set of tools. Aside from the basic hand tools, such as screwdrivers and pliers, it’s best to have a set of unusual items like a telescoping fishing pole. These items will be invaluable in helping you make your job easier.

Mind distance limitations

If you've tried running any LAN cable, you know that the typical distance limitation for UTP cabling with typical Ethernet is 100 meters. However, if you're installing LAN chords for some other purposes, such as 10 Gbps or 40 Gbps, consider the distance limitations associated with the type of cabling you intend to use. For instance, if you want to run 10 Gbps for up to 100 meters through twisted-pair cabling, make sure you use Category 6A or a better cable.

Do not run LAN cables in parallel with electrical cables

Bear in mind that the magnetic field produced by the low voltage running through the cable is a key component of the communications chain. When you run UTP cables in parallel with electrical cables, that magnetic field is disrupted and the communication becomes noisy and garbled. In many instances, transmissions will not be able to push through from Point A to Point B. If you have to install LAN cables near electrical cables, cross them perpendicular instead.

Use cable management

Although rack-based cable management in Singapore comes with a price, it makes cable maintenance way easier. Keep in mind that the cabling work won't stop with the initial installation. Additional cables will be included, and things will be changed. Also, don't forget to label appropriate cords, color-code cables, or come up with a different process to make it easier to identify cords later on.

Aside from LAN cables, you may also check out USB cables and HDMI cables for your other devices.

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