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Among the services we provide are:

Initial needs assessment

With Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) capabilities on-staff, ATS can assist in assessing your complete needs. Our approach will look at not only your immediate applications but will also take into account future applications, future growth of your organization and possible technology changes which would impact your cabling needs. Considerations like type of equipment, load balancing and redundancy will be factored into our cost/benefit analysis. Our comprehensive design capabilities are recognized by many as among the best in the industry

Site Surveys

ATS technicians are available to conduct comprehensive site surveys to accurately assess the layout and conditions impacting the environment. Factors such as structural layout of the facility, building codes and safety and physical security issues are among the conditions that will be incorporated into the final design. Critical data gathered in the site survey will be incorporated into the final site management plan.

Complex Network / System Design

Your network will be designed by an RCDD with many years of complex design experience with various types ofcable installations. Our designs include state of the art components integrated in conjunction with the latest design specifications and requirements. Our infrastructure design capabilities range across a broad spectrum of commercial applications including large data centers, multi-building campus environments, commercial airports as well as any traditional office environments.

Pre-job Construction

Our capabilities allow us to perform many construction activities which may be required before a job begins. This would include installing telecommunications closets, core drilling, installing cable support hardware, conduit trays, rack installation, mounting equipment, as well as other functions.

Cabling Installation

We can install a wide variety of transmission media including copper, fiber optic, twisted pair, baseband and broadband as well as associated components. We also install a variety of wireless applications including 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g cameras, WiFi VoIP.


ATS tests and certifies all of our installations to meet or exceed industry standards, meet all of the manufacturer's specifications as well as meet all the warranty requirements


ATS can support your cable plant for the entire life cycle of the installation. Our experience ranges from changing a single drop to rewiring an entire floor.
Affordable Telephone Services (ATS) Inc. is a leading communications contractor in the field of structured cabling. Whether your requirements are voice, data, video, or fiber optic, our staff of well-trained professionals is here to ensure a quality installation.
The Difference Between Cat5e and Cat6:
Cat5 & Cat5e 

Category 5 cable is a twisted pair high signal integrity cable type often referred to as Cat5 or Cat-5. Most Category-5 cables are unshielded, relying on the twisted pair design for noise rejection. Some, however, are shielded. Category 5 has been superseded by the Category 5e specification structured cabling for computer networks such as Ethernet, and is also used to carry many other signals such as basic voice services, token ring, and ATM (at up to 155 Mbit/s, over short distances).

The specification for Category 5 cable was defined in ANSI/TIA/EIA-568-A, with clarification in TSB-95. These documents specified performance characteristics and test requirements for frequencies of up to 100 MHz.


Category 5 cable includes twisted pairs in a single cable jacket. This use of balanced lines helps preserve a high signal-to-noise ratio despite interference from both external sources and other pairs (this latter form of interference is called crosstalk). It is most commonly used for 100 Mbit/s networks, such as 100BASE-TX Ethernet, although IEEE 802.3ab defines standards for 1000BASE-T –Gigabit Ethernet over category 5 cable. Each of the four pairs in a Cat 5 cable has a differing precise number of twists per meter based on prime numbers to minimize crosstalk between the pairs. On average there are 6 twists per 5 centimeters. The pairs are made from 24 gauge (AWG) copper wires within the cables.

Cat6 and Cat6a

Category 6 cable, commonly referred to as Cat-6, is a cable standard for Gigabit Ethernet and other network protocols that are backward compatible with the Category 5/5e and Category 3 cable standards. Compared with Cat-5 and Cat-5e, Cat-6 features more stringent specifications for crosstalk and system noise. The cable standard provides performance of up to 250 MHz and is suitable for 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX (Fast Ethernet), 1000BASE-T / 1000BASE-TX (Gigabit Ethernet) and 10GBASE-T (10-Gigabit Ethernet). Category 6 cable has a reduced maximum length when used for 10GBASE-T; Category 6a cable, or Augmented Category 6, is characterized to 500 MHz and has improved alien crosstalk characteristics, allowing 10GBASE-T to be run for the same distance as previous protocols. Category 6 cable can be identified by the printing on the side of the cable sheath.
Like most earlier cables, Category 6 cable contains four twisted wire pairs. Although it is sometimes made with 23 AWG wire, the increase in performance with Cat-6 comes mainly from better insulation; 22 to 24 AWG copper is allowed so long as the ANSI/TIA-568-B.2-1 performance specifications are met. Cat-6 patch cables are normally terminated in 8P8C (often incorrectly called RJ-45) modular connectors. Attenuation, NEXT (near end crosstalk), and PSNEXT (power sum NEXT) in Cat-6 cable and connectors are all significantly lower than Cat-5/5e, which also uses 24 AWG wire.

The heavier insulation in some Cat-6 cables make them too thick to attach to 8P8C connectors without a special modular piece; they are technically not standards compliant.

Connectors use either T568A or T568B pin assignments; the choice is arbitrary provided both ends of a cable are the same. Both schemes use straight-through wiring (pin 1 to 1, pin 2 to 2, etc) and the same pairing (pins 1&2, 3&6, 4&5, 7&8). Only the wire colors differ, and this does not matter outside the cable. This makes T568A and T568B patch cords interchangeable, with T568B being the most common.


If Cat-6 rated patch cables, jacks, and connectors are not used with Cat-6 wiring, overall performance is degraded to that of the cable or connector. Because the conductor sizes are generally the same, Cat-6 jacks may also be used with Cat-5e cable.

Because all 1000BASE-T (gigabit Ethernet) equipment and nearly all new 10BASE-T and 100BASE-TX equipment supports automatic crossover (auto-MDIX), Cat-6 crossover cables are rare. Crossover cables are needed only between 10/100 Mb/s hosts or switches where some endpoint does not support auto-MDIX; otherwise Cat-5 is sufficient for these slower speeds.

In today's high technology, high-speed, high-demand network environments, it is critical to know that your cabling is not going to fail you. As experts in network and structured cabling installation ATS team has installed cable plant nationwide for almost any type of application.Voice, data, video, security, paging and wireless are among the applications we have enabled through our installations. We provide a total solution for your premise cabling needs. ATS has developed a distinct competency in executing on large scale national rollouts. We are a "one stop shop" for all your organization network infrastructure needs whether you have 10 locations or 10,000 locations. We use our custom developed Advantage® Project Management Tool to manage all aspects of the rollout and ensure consistent high quality installations at each location.

ATS’s network services team represents the industry’s highest level of certification. While standing as a BICSI (Building Industry Consulting Service International) corporate member, our team also includes Registered Communications Distribution Designers (RCDD), Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE), Certified Wireless Network Associates (CWNA) and PMI certified project-management professionals.