Many of today’s businesses rely on structured cabling to handle their day-to-day networking and communications needs, including office security, business phone systems and office wifi. If you’re considering having structured cabling installed, it’s important to understand exactly what such a system entails, which given its complexity can be difficult. In this blog, Nebula Solutions answers frequently asked questions about structured cabling.
What is Structured Cabling?
Structured cabling is a planned cabling system that supports a building’s telecommunications systems. Everything that requires a voice or internet connection—computers, desk phones, servers, security cameras—is connected to it.
What are Its Components?
No two buildings have the exact same structured cabling system. However, they do share the same structure, divided into six subsystems:
- Entrance Facilities — This is the point where the structured cabling connects to internet service providers (ISP) and/or business phone carriers.
- Equipment Rooms — This is where the wiring and related equipment are held.
- Backbone Cabling — This is the main wiring system that allows communication between the entrance facilities and equipment rooms.
- Telecommunications Rooms — These rooms connect the backbone cabling and horizontal cabling.
- Horizontal Cabling — This connects the telecommunications rooms to work area components.
- Work Area Components — These are the components that can be accessed by end-users, such as the wall outlets that the desk phones and computers connect to.
Do We Still Need Structured Cabling If We Have Wireless Internet?
A small group of about ten to 12 employees can work within a single wifi network. But imagine hundreds or even thousands of workers across several floors trying to use the same system. Structured cabling provides stability by allowing each phone and computer to have an isolated, stable connection. Since each component is mapped and labeled, isolating and addressing connectivity problems take less time.
What If We Expand Our Operations?
One of the greatest advantages of structured cabling is that, despite the large amounts of data that it handles at any one time, expansions for additional employees are not a problem. Provisioning takes a matter of hours thanks to standardized systems. This allows you to move into a pre-wired office with ease, as structured cabling generally uses the same types of cabling.
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