The cost of data cabling your home can range from $65 to $95 per hour (labour). Prices vary depending on the size of your home, type of cable installed, number of sockets required and the manner of installation.
Regardless of the installation size, data cabling services must only be done by a licensed cabler. An electrician with appropriate training and certification can also administer installation jobs depending on the availability of the tradie.
Whether you’re renovating your home or making upgrades on your network connections, always request for quotations to know how much you will be charged for labour and cable supplies.
Data Cabling Supply and Installation Costs
Data cables have varying prices and bandwidths. For CAT6 Ethernet cable (RJ45), the installed cost can be anywhere between $5 and $6 per metre. Packages are also available depending on the distributor.
4cabling distributes patch leads of the same specification, priced at $49 (for a pack of 10) and $247 (for a pack of 50).
CAT6E cabling installation indicative costs are shown below.
|Manner of Installation||Expected Cost (per m)|
|Drawn into conduit||$4 – $8|
|Fixed to cable tray||$7 – $12|
|Tied to catenary wire in ceiling space||$8 – $15|
|Drawn into conduit (underground cable)||$10 – $19|
Additionally, you will require CAT6-compliant data sockets, the indicative costs are:
- $25 to $33 each for a RJ45 socket modular socket clipped into a prepared plate
- $35 to $44 each for a single RJ45 socket and flush face plate
- $54 to $67 each for a twin RJ45 socket and flush face plate
- $73 to $92 each for a triple RJ45 socket and flush face plate
- $92 to $114 each for a quad RJ45 socket and flush face plate
Note: You can budget costs by adding the cable and data socket prices for a total cost.
How Do Registered Cablers Charge
On average, licensed cablers and electricians with Open cabling registration charge an hourly rate of $65 to $95 for labour. The table below shows the labour installation cost to expect from these tradies.
|State||Estimated Cost per hour|
|Western Australia||$75 to $95|
|New South Wales||$70 to $90|
|Queensland and Victoria||$65 to $85|
The number of hours spent on installation works will depend on the size of the job.
Note: Confirm overheads and profits with an accredited cabler or electrician prior to actual installation. HIREtrades helps you obtain up to three free quotes based on your data cabling needs and budget.
What are the Factors that Affect the Cost of Data Cabling Your Home?
There are important things to consider when estimating the cost of data cabling.
1. Cable type
The type of electrical cable that you need to install will generally affect the cost of installation. Twisted pair, coaxial and fibre optic cables are the main three types used in different environments.
Twisted pair cables are the most affordable type which homeowners commonly use for new installations. These cables are often used in transmitting data network signals for short-to-medium length connections.
There are two common categories which can have an impact on network cable installation pricing: unshielded and shielded.
- Unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cables are categorised as CAT3, CAT5e and CAT6 which differ in bandwidth level. The higher the scale, the more amount of data is transmitted.
- On the other hand, shielded twisted pair (STP) cables covered with foil jackets are typically used in large buildings.
Coaxial cables are commonly used for computer network connections, radio transmitters and cable televisions. The purchase price is slightly higher than twisted pair cables but is less expensive than optical fibre.
Type F (video) and RCA (phono plugs and jacks) are some of its common connector types.
Fibre optic cables are also a popular choice as they provide faster and better connections. They are typically used in new buildings and applied to support long-distance transmission. Data signals travel via light beams rather than influenced by electrical pulses.
In terms of pricing, optical fibre cables are reasonably more costly than twisted pair and coaxial.
A licensed electrician or cable installer can assist you in choosing a suitable type for your network connections.
2. Cable length
The specified length of data cables distributed across each room also factors in overall pricing. Costs vary depending on the required size of the electrical cables used for each connection.
Whether you are looking to upgrade your Ethernet or TV connections, it helps to identify the appropriate length of cable to buy and install. A professional cabling installer can take measurements and recommend what size is best suited for your needs.
3. Number of sockets
The number of sockets in each room will depend on your property size and the amount of wired equipment your home needs (and will be needing in the future).
Typically, two sockets are installed in bedrooms and in areas where computers are positioned. For living and home theatre rooms, installing up to six sockets is recommended to accommodate the amount of equipment used.
These aspects will have an impact on your expenses for labour and supplies. Advanced installations will incur fewer costs.
4. Data cabling installer
The cabling installer’s level of experience can have an implication on network cable installation pricing. Hiring someone who is more experienced at data cabling installations will often attract higher labour fees.
Data cabling one’s home requires a cabler who is both skilled and detail-oriented. Choosing unlicensed cablers risks prosecution and safety.
Note: Accessibility issues on ceilings, skirting boards and floors may mean additional costs on data cabling. Data point installations also factor in the cost. Clarify extra charges from local cabling installers or electricians to avoid pricing surprises.
Get Quotes from Licensed Cablers
When asking for a quotation, make sure to clearly define your requirements. This will help the cabler or electrician to provide more accurate pricing for your data cabling installation.
A registered cabler must strictly comply with Australian cabling regulations (AS/NZS 3080) to ensure your safety as well as the network and the tradie. Always clarify installation requirements for residential premises to know what important measures to take.
Electricians who perform cabling work must carry a Restricted or Open cabling registration to qualify them for the job. Competency and knowledge at the Wiring Rules must also be obtained along with relevant cabling experience.
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