Technology is continuing to go wireless more and more every day. The newest technology is sold to potential buyers as wireless and easy to use. Consumers are cutting the wires connecting them to their devices. It’s beneficial to have wireless devices such as tablets, controllers, and telephones. But in the business world, wired connections will always remain superior. Businesses are rewarded with higher speeds and security with wired internet connections. Wireless access points can be convenient but should not be used for an entire business operation. This is when network and structured cabling comes into the picture. It is the hub where all devices connected to the internet meet and create an organized network for your business to run smoothly.
Defining structured cabling
Network and structured cabling is the infrastructure that transmits your business’s data, voice, alarm lines, CCTV, and all other internet devices. Structured cabling is simple in organization. All data ports are labeled with a numbering scheme corresponding to the wall outlets. This allows IT companies to easily identify where to set up the network and streamlines your business network.
Components of structured cabling
All structured cabling has the same or at the minimum similar pieces at its barebones, which includes: data/network cable and patch panels. We recommend using CAT6 cabling when building telecom infrastructure. CAT6 futureproofs a business internet connection/speed. CAT6 cable is also used for voice lines to create symmetry in the cabling. Voice cabling will often be on its own patch panel and labeled accordingly. Local providers are making a push to switch business customers to fiber internet. With CAT6 cable, your business can run at the top speeds provided. CAT6 cable will be installed on a CAT6 patch panel. Patch panels are the termination centers for CAT5e and CAT6 cables. They provide female RJ-45 connections for patch cords/ethernet cords to plugin to.
What kind of network and structured cabling does my business need?
This is dependent on the size and industry of your business. A financial company would be an example of a company that would require strictly structured cabling. With the proper infrastructure, there is minimal downtime and maximum network security with hardline connections. Every desk with sensitive information should have an ethernet connection going from the wall outlet to the patch panel in a dedicated network room. No matter the size of the business, you should have structured cabling but it will be at a size scaled specifically for your business. A small office with 10-12 workstations would still need organized cabling with cable and patch panels, but it could be housed in a small rack rather than a dedicated room.