While it’s hard to find any good or positive to the COVID-19 pandemic and the shutdowns and business closures that it has caused, it does provide some opportunity to your organization. If you’re running on a skeleton crew with reduced hours or your organization is primarily working remotely, now is the best time to upgrade to structured cabling and ensure your technology infrastructure is stable and optimized for speed and reliability.
What Is Structured Cabling
If you’re currently using point-to-point cabling, in which one cable connects your network to your server to your device, you may not be familiar with structured cabling. It’s simply a standardized telecommunications cabling infrastructure used in larger buildings and campuses to keep the cables and wiring optimized for efficiency and quality. It breaks down into six subsystems:
- Entrance facility where the telephone or internet provider’s work stops and connects with the on-premises cabling.
- Equipment rooms where the major equipment and wiring systems are housed;
- Backbone cabling used in data centers to connect the entrance facilities and equipment rooms to smaller cabling connections such as telecommunications closets;
- Telecommuications rooms are small closet-like stations where the backbone cabling enters and supplies cabling to smaller individual workstations (called horizontal cabling).
- Horizontal cabling connects telecommunication rooms to individual work stations. Often ran through conduits or ceiling spaces of each floor, this is often the most basic type of cabling.
- Work-area components connect the horizontal cabling to printers, phones, computers, and other telecommunications hardware.
You can see that this is almost a physical flowchart of cabling, creating a highly organized, detail-focused way of organizing a telecommunications cabling system.
Benefits of Structured Cabling
Structured cabling appears to be complex and intricate, and while the design and implementation does require intensive planning and hands-on connection, once the system is in place, it’s very simple. It basically goes from largest component of equipment room, through progressively smaller cables and way-stations until it reaches the individual work spaces. This provides a simple, streamlined infrastructure where it’s easy to identify and solve problems.
Other benefits include:
- Faster connectivity by using Cat 6 cabling that increases bandwidth and improves speed and reliability;
- Minimal downtime because repairs, updates, and upgrades are easier to locate and work on;
- Adaptability through the ability to introduce new technology into your organization, such as VOIP phone systems and multimedia;
- Scalability because as your organization grows, it’s much easier to add cabling through data centers and telecommunications rooms rather than try and patch cabling into an already chaotic mess.
How Can Structured Cabling Help Your Organization
This type of technological infrastructure is ideal for larger buildings including office buildings, schools, retail and shopping locations, and healthcare facilities. Upgrading to structured cabling will allow you to see improvements in:
Teachers and professors are relying on digital learning platforms to reach out to students. To teach virtually, they need fast, reliable internet, and you need a system that can handle the bandwidth. Digital and virtual classrooms are improved through structured cabling.
Voice Over Internet Protocol Phone Systems
Transitioning to Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) phone systems is less expensive, offers increased functionality, and allows your team to connect cell phones, tablets, and computers through internet-based connections, turning any internet-connected device into a fully-functional business phone. VOIP phone systems allow you to make video calls, share files during phone calls and collaborate in real time, and forward calls all from your cell phone, tablet, or laptop.
Why Now Is the Right Time to Update Your Cabling Infrastructure
Installing structured cabling in your building, business, or across a campus is an intensive project. Right now, while you have minimal staff on the premises and fewer people coming in and out, the disruption will be significantly less than when your staff, clients, patients, or students are all on the premises. The work can be completed more quickly and efficiently, and the end result will be faster, more reliable internet connection and improved conferencing and communication opportunity.
Schedule a Consultation with Strategic Connections Today
Strategic Connections works with businesses, schools, and healthcare facilities around Charlotte, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem, providing quality structured cabling design, installation, and maintenance. With our experienced team on your side, you can experience the speed, reliability, and minimal downtime you need in your telecommunications infrastructure. To learn more, reach out to us today at 800-255-5664 or fill out the contact form below to get started.