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Copper & Fiber Optic Network Data Cabling and Wiring

The proper application of data cabling and wiring (also referred to as network cabling & wiring) is imperative for successful business, government and academic network infrastructure installations.

Businesses of all types have far fewer stand alone computers and the data cabling system is the network wiring necessary to interconnect them. However, different businesses have different data cabling needs.

Learn how these businesses are using advanced Siemon copper and fiber optic data cabling systems in their network infrastructures through customer case studies covering a variety of business applications:

Copper & Fiber Optic Data Cabling & Wiring

There are two main types of network data wiring, copper and fiber optic cabling.

Copper Data Cabling & Wiring Categories

Copper data cabling and wiring systems are divided into categories or classes by the cabling standards organizations and use bandwidth needs to determine the proper customer application of each category of cabling. Standard categories for data cabling and wiring are outlined in the following table:

Frequency Bandwidth

TIA (Components)


ISO (Components)


1 - 100 MHz

Category 5e

Category 5e

Category 5e

Class D

1 - 250 MHz

Category 6

Category 6

Category 6

Class E

1 - 500 MHz

Category 6A

Category 6A

Category 6A

Class EA

1 - 600 MHz



Category 7

Class F

1 - 1000 MHz



Category 7A

Class FA

Copper data cabling can be further divided into three sub-types, unshielded twisted pair (UTP), screened twisted pair (F/UTP) and shielded twisted pair (S/FTP). Siemon offers the most comprehensive suite of cabling systems for every application:

The second type of network data cabling and wiring system is fiber optic cabling. This data wiring solution features a thin glass core that transmits laser light pulses. Fiber optic data cabling allows communication signals to be transmitted much faster, at a higher bandwidth and over much greater distances than copper data cabling systems. Because light is transmitted at a much higher frequency, fiber optic data cabling offers greater signal capacity. Fiber optic cabling is smaller than copper cabling and is also impervious to interference, with a much lower transmission loss.

Siemon offers the XGLO®  fiber optic cabling system that uses laser optimized components to provide 10Gb Ethernet support.  XGLO is guaranteed to meet IEEE 802.3ae 10 Gigabit Ethernet requirements. It also meets IEC-60793-2-10 and TIA-492AAAC specifications for laser bandwidth Differential Mode Delay (DMD) specifications. XGLO exceeds all ANSI/TIA/EIA and ISO/IEC insertion loss and return loss requirements.

Siemon’s LightSystem® is a complete end-to-end fiber optic solution guaranteed to meet IEEE 802.3ae Gigabit Ethernet requirements

Siemon Structured Data Cabling & Wiring Systems

When deciding between the various types of copper and fiber data cabling, several factors must be considered. Siemon’s highly regarded white paper entitled “Cabling Lifecycles and Total Cost of Ownership” explores network infrastructure options.