About Microtech

Microtech work closely with our clients to provide the best computer network design and specification, meeting both present and ongoing requirements. For a comprehensive solution, structured cabling can be installed to provide a total data and voice transport system. Every project we work on is different and as such our work is more service than product oriented, providing the best achievable results for our customers.

Network Types

The basic types of network cover:

• Local Area Networks (LANs), that enable network connectivity, ie data sharing, for computer Users situated within one site, which may comprise one or more buildings. Network infrastructure is the physical equipment facilitating connectivity. (find out more about Wireless Networks here)

• Wide Area Networks (WANs) enable network connectivity for computer Users to share data at different geographical locations. Depending on the nature of the requirement, the network infrastructure may be connected via internet broadband or fibre-optic cable.

• Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) enable Users at remote locations to access LAN and WAN Networks, using Broadband or GPMS. This is particularly useful for staff using Laptops and PDAs when they are away from the office. (find out more about Network Security here)

• Telephone services can also be integrated into the structure of both LANs and WANs, and may include Analogue, ISDN, or Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) technologies. (find out more about VoIP here)

Network Infrastructure

Copper Cabling

- structured cabling suitable for Data and Telephony applications is implemented using Cat5e or Cat6 cables, including shielding depending on environmental and security considerations. One end of each cable is terminated at an RJ45 socket on a Patch Panel, and the other end is terminated at a corresponding RJ45 Wall Socket. These sockets may be mounted in dado trunking, flush-mounted, or surface-mounted. Where possible the cables are run out of site, in voids. Other types of cable may also be used such as Co-Axial cable for CCTV applications, and the network may now include wireless technology. (find out more about Wireless Networks here and about CCTV here)

Fibre-optic Cabling

- fibre cabling is generally used for backbone links between Switches in large networks. Fibre may also be used for external links between buildings. It may also be used for very secure links to Workstations, or where high data transfer rates are required. Multi-core loose- or tight-buffered fibre cable is used, with appropriate ST or SC terminations to suit the equipment involved and application.


- Hardware elements are selected from a range of Data Switches, Telephony Switches, Routers and Firewalls, Wireless Access Points, and Wall- or floor-mount cabinets to carry all required elements of the Network Infrastructure.

Cabling Services available:-

  • Copper installations Cat5e.
  • Fibre cabling: single and multi-mode.
  • Coaxial cabling: CT100, CT125 etc.
  • Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) specification, supply and installation.

Good Network Cab Design.

Network Configuration

Factors to be taken into consideration for configuring any network include:

1. The number of users and performance needed by each, ie bandwidth.
2. The nature of the site, in particular the design and disposition of buildings.
3. Delivery of data and telephony requirements.
4. Specified user functionality requirements.
5. Security of system and data.
6. Reliability and availability.
7. Special links and interfaces, to factory or storage systems, etc.
8. External links and interfaces.
9. Possible future requirements.
10. Costings.

Over grown Network Cab.

Consideration of these factors will determine the nature of the Network Infrastructure, including the selection of hardware. Configurations for Servers, Workstations and Peripherals can be specified, and appropriate Storage and Back-up solutions selected. Solutions should take account of both current needs and possible future requirements.