Michael Mansfield has been working in the telecom & data networks industry since 1986, having completed his apprenticeship whilst working at CAMTECH™ Electronics as part of the design team behind the famous Joint Academic NETwork [JNT X25] (JANet) the forerunner for what we now know as the internet.
Janet developed out of a number of local and research networks dating back to the 1970s. The JANet system first went live in April 1983, hosting about 50 sites with line speeds of 9.6 kbit/s. In the mid-80s the backbone was upgraded to a 2 Mbit/s backbone with 64 kbit/s access links, and a further upgrade in the early 1990s sped the backbone to 8 Mbit/s and the access links to 2 Mbit/s, making Janet the fastest X.25 network in the world.
Renowned for his in depth knowledge of both voice and data transmission protocols our founder has worked with some of the UK’s largest network providers, private corporations and government bodies whilst specialising in cyber counter-intelligence and network security.
It’s not about rushing out to buy the latest technology or indeed spending a fortune on blazingly quick servers and desktop computers, but rather it’s about making sure that the equipment you have is able to communicate in the most streamlined and efficient way. The foundation on which to build your business has to be a solid and carefully considered one.
Imagine your data network is a road. You and your team may have the fastest little sports cars, but if you are all trying to drive on the same narrow road, speed is not going to be an issue, but congestion may be!. Far better then to all drive something a little more sensible but on a 6 lane motorway.
We offer a free one-to-one consultancy service, and will use all of our professional skills to design the very best network structure to compliment your business
In a typical office installation supporting 10 - 100 people, the structured cabling is a fairly simple affair, this usually takes the form of what is known as flood or horizontal cabling, which means that all of the cables (CAT5e / CAT6 /CAT7 etc.), regardless of whether they are in the same room, or on different floors, will all lead back to one central point such as a data cabinet within a dedicated computer / comms room. Cables are terminated to RJ45 jacks within wall sockets at the user end and RJ45 patch panels in the central location.
The type of cable installed dictates the speed that packets of data can travel within the network and also the distance that these packets of data can travel without getting distorted or lost. The speed or "Bandwidth" is measured in MEGAbits per second [Mbps] and 1000Mbps is equal to 1 GIGAbit per second or 1 [Gbps]
Still the popular choice for most office environments where high data speeds are not critical. And with more and more businesses moving their data online (cloud), the amount of data moving between physical devices within a business is being reduced, whilst we become more reliant on better internet connectivity and larger off site storage.
The category 6 specification improves upon the category 5e specification by improving frequency response and tightening crosstalk specifications. The improved performance of Cat 6 is 250 MHz and supports 10GBASE-T (10-Gigabit Ethernet) but only upto about 50meters. or 1Gbps >100Meters
Much thicker than Cat5e & Cat6 this cable is designed to minimise signal degredation often induced by other nearby electrical devices. Being more bulky and not very flexible, installation options are sometimes restricted plus this cable also has to be bonded to earth/ground
Fibre Optical cables are in essence a very thin, flexible tube of glass. Data packets are converted to photons (light) and these data photons travels along the fibre at the "speed of light" until they reach their destination where they are converted back to electrical pulses.
Many small businesses can get away without providing a dedicated room to hold their I.T systems, however it is something worth considering as your business expands as a dedicated comms room increases the life expectancy of precious computer components and provides an additional layer of security for your critical data.
A proper “comms” room will firstly be air conditioned, this is important in an environment that is going to be filled with computer equipment as computers and many of their peripheral components generate a great amount of heat energy (think how much heat is produced by a small laptop computer). There is a simple trade-off between processor speed and heat produced, the faster the processor the better the cooling needs to be, plus air conditioning also filters the air within the room removing all of those nasty dust particles that can make their way into and onto sensitive components.
Tiled floors reduce dust further and also help dissipate static; static electricity is the number one enemy of computers. Having all of your critical data in one place doesn’t seem very sensible though as it places all of your data eggs in one basket, but a typical comms room will have excellent fire protection and a secure fire proof door which can be locked to keep out the opportunist and of course you already have all of your important / critical / prersonal data backed up away from your business premises don’t you ?
Our FREE consultancy service can assist you with finding the right solution for the business you run. We will evaluate your current infrastructure and discus any foreseeable I.T requirements you may have plus appraise the resilience of your communications systems.
Initial consultancy is totally free, and you decide on how in-depth you want the report to be.Download sample report sample quotation
We will provide (if required) a detailed set of technical drawings and plans, as well as a materials check list to enable you to build your new comms room to a technically approved ISO standard. This will include details of air flow handling, filtration and power requirements along with lighting and security provisions.
We work exclusively with a trusted builder who can reproduce our drawings to millimetre perfection in brick and block form, plus specialist electrical engineers who will install all of the air plant and power circuits to ensure that your new facility is completed not only to specification but is completed on time and within budget.
Once installed, we offer to maintain all aspects of your new comms room. From scheduled annual maintenance of the physical infrastructure but also the routine maintenance of hardware and peripheral equipment. We can also run disaster scenarios (fire, flood, terrorist attack etc.) alongside the more in-depth penetration testing "whitehat hacking" that we are well known for.Read more now
Experience has taught us that to plan for every possible scenario is the key to building robust, secure and usable networks, from simple cable pulling techniques that ensure cable separation to cable management and labelling, all of which contribute to the usability of the end product.
Whilst it is of course much easier to plan and design something from scratch, it is equally important to plan additions and changes to network infrastructure when even the smallest modification can affect the overall performance of the devices already connected.
Let us help plan your new network or help you plan changes and additions to your existing network.
We don't just mean the computer network either, we can take care of :-
...oh, and did we mention we also do WiFi Broadband & Cloud Hosting too?
Our consultancy documents are pretty extensive and contain much more details than a simple quotation, and can be tailored to suit the individual reader with as little or as much detail as required.
Presented in an easy to understand “non-technical” format though we can still “speak geek” if you prefer. What’s more, if you use us to carry out any scheduled installation works, the cost of consultancy is refunded in full.Download sample report sample quotation
Each of our qualified network engineers has at least 5 year’s installation experience, whilst our apprentices are always supervised by a senior engineer to ensure that anything we install for you is of the highest standards.
Cable is end-to-end tested both prior to installation and upon final completion pre-handover and certificated where required. Each individual cable is marked with a unique barcode and carries both the cable manufacturers 10 year guarantee but also our own protected lifetime warranty.
Our engineering team is on call 24/7 and able to respond to issues via our support ticketing system. Of course many hardware / software issues can be resolved remotely but we appreciate that sometimes things do go wrong. Whether it’s something simple like a broken wall socket or damaged wire or something a little more serious, we can dispatch an engineer capable of fixing the issue often within just a few hours.
We can tailor a full range of support and maintenance tasks to suit your needs and budget, from providing basic ad-hoc support to dedicated I.T specialists being based within your building either on a full-time or part-time basis.
A company’s peripheral requirements can be identified by breaking down the day to day tasks of the business. For example let’s take the task of answering email, apart from the obvious components such as Computer, Screen, Mouse, Keyboard etc. there will be a number of components further down the chain that may not be as obvious but are just as important. These components form the skeleton of your network and will be things like routers, switches, network storage devices, firewalls, patch panels, power supplies etc.
Each peripheral can be placed into a subset or tier, some tiers are critical to your business, some are not but, each tier of equipment becoming more reliant on the next.
Network managers must control the operational guidelines that their network services and users will find acceptable. These operational conditions can then be considered normal for that particular network.
A well-defined and properly implemented network testing strategy will help the network manager predict the operation of the network.
Network testing is the actual measurement and recording of a network's state of operation over a period of time. It involves recording the current state of network operation to serve as a basis for comparison or control whereas cable testing and certification should be carried out by the installer to prove that the cables installed meet the minimum criteria as defined by International Standards [ISO], Telecommunications Industry Association [TIA]( an offshoot of the Electronic Industries Alliance [EIA]).
This ensures that the installation is “fit for purpose” but also ensures that the installation is protected by the cable manufacturer’s warranty which often guarantee the cable to be free of defects not only at the time of installation but for many years following install.
Our specialist service engineers will list, dismantle, clean and rejuvenate all of the reusable bits of equipment before transferring it over to your new premises and having it installed, tested and working all ready for when you start work from your nice new offices.
Not only do we work overnight and weekends, we can also arrange moves over those nice bank holiday weekends and even over Christmas & New Year. Give us a call to discuss availability and options. We cover the entire UK and most of western Europe.