What is Structured Cabling?
nutshell it is quite simply a more approach to a traditional cabling network. It is a complete system of cabling and associated hardware, which provides a fully comprehensive telecommunications infrastructure that serves a wide range of uses, including providing telephone services and transmitting data through a computer network. Everything is connected to it, including your desktops, servers, wireless access points and any unified communications systems. organised
Every structured cabling system is unique. This is due to variations in:
- The architectural structure of the building, which houses the cabling installation (including listed buildings)
- The cable and connection products
- The function of the cabling installation
- The types of equipment the cabling installation will support – present and future
- The configuration of an already installed system (upgrades and retrofits)
- Customer requirements
- Manufacturer warranties
What are the Benefits?
- Tidiness: most changes and switches are done in hardware rather than manipulation of multiple cables. It looks better, and is easier to manage
- Network maintenance takes less time: jobs such as the tracing of ports and cables are much simpler and much more efficient
- Less opportunity for downtime: better organised cabling results and a lower chance for human error
- It is required to conform to many industry standards: as opposed to traditional cabling which is not
- Longevity & futureproofing: a structured cabling system will outlive your other network elements by a factor of three to four!
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