[Q] What are the advantages to using CAT 5 Cable for voice communications?
[A] With the growing technology of Voice-Over-IP, many people are considering upgrading all of their existing communication lines to CAT 5, CAT 5E and CAT 6 Cable. The ability to handle all data and voice traffic using the same transmission lines has many advantages.
With the use of CAT 5 Cable or better as the backbone for all premise wiring, fewer lines can be run enabling the hardware planner to use less material and control costs.
Some installers have even looked at the possibility of utilizing the unused pairs within a standard four-pair ethernet cable to handle regular voice communications without running additional lines to support it.
The main consideration for this type of installation will be possible interference between the voice and data signals operating in such close proximity. Signal strength of both sources will play a large part in this being an issue or not.
For new installations, most planners have considered doing away with standard voice lines altogether, opting for CAT 5 Cable to take advantage of the new Voice technology.
Consider all options before making your decision. Some people still like the security of an old fashioned dedicated phone line.
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