When it comes to installing structured cabling into a premises there are certain critical decisions to be made prior to order.
Whilst labour costs remain roughly the same per point in a larger installation, the variable cost is the cable and terminations. CAT5 is by far the cheapest, but is limited to 10mbit/s performance, CAT5e takes that to 100mbit/s which is sufficient for most needs, but if you can afford it then CAT6 or higher are definitely the choice for future proofing your investment.
A poorly planned installation can use significantly more cable (the expensive variable) and lead to excessively long runs, and the longer the run the harder it is to certify. At GEN we take the structural drawings, office layouts etc and then will pre-plan every cable route prior to doing any work. Our advanced CAD system will not only give the engineers detailed drawings to work from but will also accurately project the lengths of all the cable runs allowing designers to keep them as short as possible. You'll receive floorpans prior to any work to change/approve.
Often overlooked is the grade of certification provided with your network installation and so often a budget certification (or none at all) will leave the infrastructure riddled with small issues that will fester and cause unexpected and intermittent network issues. All GEN Network Installations are certified fully to the installed standard using only the best Agilent Network Certification equipment, and, your will receive not only a certification report, but the raw certification data to guarantee our competence and compliance.
Assuming your installation is professionally installed, terminated and tested then it should last almost indefinitely as long as no one plugs anything into it, but in the real world sockets will fail from time to time with use and having an extended warranty such as the 10 year warranty provided by GEN guarantees that should a socket fail we'll come and repair/replace it.