What is Structured Cabling?

Your organization’s communication infrastructure supports your LAN, WLAN, ASDL and ISDN, which makes it vital to your operations. A well-designed structured cabling system performs reliably and gives you the flexibility to easily add, move, and change devices when you need to.

Structured cabling is a complete cabling and hardware infrastructure used in telecommunications. The term “structured cabling” refers to a number of standardized smaller elements called subsystems.

In layman’s terms, structured cabling systems support multiple hardware uses to suit your business’s current and future needs.

The Basics of Structured Cabling

Structured cabling design and installation is guided by a set of standards that specify wiring campuses, data centers, offices, and apartment buildings for data or voice communications. These standards ensure structured cabling systems are consistent and conform to physical and transmission line requirements.

As we mentioned, there are six subsystems in structured cabling:

  • Entrance facilities – the point where the phone company network ends and connects with the customer’s on-premises wiring.
  • Equipment rooms – hold equipment and wiring consolidation points that serve users. These are in the building or on the campus.
  • Backbone cabling – the inter-building and intra-building cable connections between entrance facilities, equipment rooms and telecommunications closets. Backbone cabling is mostly used in data centers.
  • Horizontal cabling – can be standard inside wiring (IW) or plenum cabling and connects telecommunications rooms to individual outlets or work areas on the floor.
  • Telecommunications rooms – sometimes called telecommunications enclosures, these connect between the backbone cabling and horizontal cabling.
  • Work-area components – connect end-user equipment to the horizontal cabling system’s outlets.

While every structured cabling system is unique, they all have one thing in common: organization. Organization is as much a component of structured cabling as the wires themselves.

Benefits of Structured Cabling Systems

Here are a few things that make structured cabling different than other cabling methods:

  • Less potential for downtime – because structured cabling is highly organized, potential for human error is reduced.
  • Saves time – tracing cables and ports are a much easier job with a structured cabling system.
  • Aesthetics – organization makes structured cabling system look much cleaner than point-to-point method wiring.

Learn More About How Structured Cabling Can Improve Your Operations

We’re proud to provide structured cabling solutions to customers in Raleigh, Charlotte, Myrtle Beach, and Winston-Salem. To learn more about how it can benefit you, give us a call at (800) 255-5664 or fill out our contact form to learn more!

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