Prices for per-drop cabling typically run from $125 to $200 per drop, depending on the kind of cable (Cat5e, Cat6 or Cat6a), average drop length, and the quantity of cables and faceplates required for the project. Adding switches, high-end enclosures, and other factors can all have an impact on per-drop price. The typical cost of installing cable drops is between $150 and $300 or more.
The first thing you need to determine when pricing out a new cable drop is what type of cable you will be using. There are two main types of cable used in cable drops: individual conductors inside a sheath and multiple pairs wrapped in a single layer of insulation. Both types are used for telephone service but each one has its advantages and disadvantages. For example, single conductor cable is less expensive than multiple pair cable but it cannot carry as much data. The choice of cable depends on how much information you need to transmit over each drop and how much money you are willing to spend.
After you choose the right type of cable for your application, the next step is to decide how many feet of drop cable you will need. This depends on how many outlets you are requiring and whether or not they will be fed from a panel box or mounted on a wall plate. For example, if you are requiring four cable drops from one outlet, you would need a four-foot length of cable. If you were requiring eight cable drops from one outlet, you would need a eight-foot length of cable.
Expect to pay $125 to $200 per drop for network cabling as a ballpark estimate. The real cost of office building wiring is determined not only by the overall number of drops, but also by the number of faceplates, patch panels, network racks, and switches needed, as well as installation, set-up, activation, and testing fees. Also consider that many offices have remote sites or branch offices which require separate wiring runs for telephone, data, and air-conditioning systems.
It's important to realize that just because you can tap into the wiring at one location doesn't mean you can at another. For example, if your office building has a fire alarm system, any part of the system must be left open when performing work on the wiring. This is true even if you are only making temporary repairs; once the problem is fixed, you must close the circuit again before continuing with other work.
The average price of office building wiring varies significantly depending on the size of the building and whether it's new construction or an expansion. In general, larger buildings and those that use more advanced technology (such as voice over IP) will cost more. The final price tag will depend on the type of wiring required and the specific details of your project. To give you some idea of what to expect, here are some average prices:
$125-$200 per drop
$10,000 or more for a 100-foot run
The nationwide average cost of CAT-6 installation ranges from $2,000 to $5,000, with the majority of individuals spending around $3,800 for 2,000 feet of CAT-6 cable and eight professionally placed drops. Cost of CAT-6 Cable
|CAT-6 Installation Cost|
|National average cost||$3,800|