Unshielded Twisted Pair cabling is the most popular for new installations. UTP is capable of handling both computer and telephone traffic, allowing voice and data to be integrated into a single installation.
Fibre optic cabling is the accepted medium for backbone cabling due to its unique properties, including higher bandwidth, data security and distance capabilities.
Category 5e & Category 6
Category 5e is capable of handling Gigabit Ethernet to distances of 100 metres. For high volume data and demanding network graphics, Category 6 is available giving speeds up to 10 Gigabit up to 55 metres. Category 6A extends the distance to 100 metres maximum length.
Telephony Over Structured Cabling
A major benefit of structured cabling is the ability to connect telephony equipment and many other services with the appropriate adaptors.