Structured Cabling

Your business relies on the internet.  From your email, phones, document storage, e-commerce, to your waiting room Wi-Fi; you rely on a functioning network.  As the backbone of your business, we believe that your Network deserves a thorough design process as well as careful attention to detail during installation.

As part of our promise to provide you a complete suite of IT services, BBT specializes in structured cabling, network infrastructure, and cable management.

Licensed and insured, our technicians are trained to work with Ethernet, Coax and Fiber.  As well, our team of technicians are trained to install and run cable with the end-use in mind.  This means that our technicians do not simply “run cable.”  BBT installers are an extension of our network design and support team, meaning that from the ground up, your network will be installed with 100% dependability in mind.

See our Flat-rate Cabling prices below!

Flat-rate Cabling Prices

While we can create custom plans for more precise jobs, we like to break down our cabling invoices into the specific number of cable lines ran and terminated.  Because the same things have to be done with each line (running, toning, labeling, testing) we think it makes it simpler to offer flat-rates.  This also prevents the inevitable headache of having to redo invoices halfway through a project–on account of additions or changes to the original invoice.

A “drop” refers to where the physical Ethernet cable is terminated into a wall outlet.

Number of lines

Cost per drop

10 or less Ethernet lines

$175 per drop

10-25 Ethernet lines

$150 per drop

25 or more Ethernet lines

$135 per drop

 

Need help with cabling?

Does your business needs ethernet cabling?  Whether it’s a new company, new office, or a new network; BBT can design, install and support it.

What type of ethernet cable you need depends on your business’ needs.

Most businesses today rely on Cat-5 cable.  As with anything else in technology, the industry standard usually means “obsolete.”  Most new offices do not bother installing Cat-5 cable as it is already seen as inferior to Cat-5e and Cat-6.  What makes these types of cable better is the maximum amount of information they can transmit at a time–ie: faster internet speeds, downloads, streaming, etc.

What separates Cat-5e and Cat-6 is usually dependent on your business’ needs.  Companies that use only a handful of computers for office work (emailing, scheduling, accounting) may be able to get away with the lesser capabilities of Cat-5e.  However, companies that use VoIP phones, e-commerce, or cloud storage should be using Cat-6 for the backbone of their network.

The significance of Unshielded vs Shielded cable is that with a lot of cables running in the same area as flourescent lights, air conditioning units, generators, etc. (ie: above ceiling tiles, network closets) there can sometimes be “noise” that interrupts the cable’s signal.  This “noise” is known as electromagnetic interference (EMI).  In very crowded ceilings and crawlspaces it might be recommended to use Shielded cable to prevent this. “Shielded” literally refers to a thin encasing of foil that surround the pairs of wires in your cable.  This metal shield blocks EMI, preventing lost speeds and errors during transmission.

Cable Type

Maximum Data Transmission Speed

Maximum Bandwidth

Category 5 (Obsolete)

Unshielded

10 Mbps

100 MHz

Category 5e (Good)

Unshielded

1000 Mbps

100 MHz

Category 6 (Better/Best)

Unshielded or Shielded

1000 Mbps

250 MHz