That’s a good question. Those who have pulled cable in walls and ceilings and buildings have come to realize certain truths. Bundled Cat6 Multi cable is faster and easier to pull. Another is Cat6 Ethernet cable can become very expensive and costly to wire a building, home or office. Suppose that you have an office and in it you have 5 desks in 5 different rooms and want them all connected to a centrally located server. You also need to connect to video and the internet and even the phone. Now that could mean 4 separate wirings to each desk. With 4 connections or more for each desk.
Should you pull a separate connection for each of the 4 outlets needed? What if each one has to snake through several rooms and each run is about 250 to 280 feet away from the server alone. Not to count your internet router and the phone. Now, for each cable that you have to pull you have to run through all these areas and buy several individual reels. Not only can that be expensive but tedious work. Wouldn’t it be nice if you had all those connections inside one jacket and be able to pull it in just one shot? Composite or combined cable can be Cat5e 4 x 4 cable or even Cat6 4 x 6 cables or even more combinations in one jacket. That means pull once and you’re done, and that’s not the only style. You can get all kinds of combos. Fiber optic with other types like RG6/U or 18-2 security or almost any need can be easier and cheaper.
Many popular combinations are great for home theater systems and even security. Because they are all together in one reel you don’t have to buy 4 reels to have fiber and RG6/U and others hanging around, not to mention the added expense. If you are a non-professional and are going to cable your home or small office, there are plenty of choices for one pull set ups. When you use these multiple types or even Siamese or Triamese runs, that is side by side stuck together similar to a lamp cord, you are able to pull once and take care of many purposes. You could solve video and voice and even data all in one effort. Price wise they are usually priced better than trying to buy individual reels of each type that you need, not to mention the big savings on labor. Having to buy 500 or 1000 ft. of each type for data and video and 18-2 for security will cost more than just the one reel. So, when you’re thinking about cabling and want to get the most in one reel and keep inventory low then think about having it all together under one jacket for simple single pull wiring.