Business owners are on the constant lookout for ways to increase their efficiencies and, if you’ve looked into upgrades for your office or facility, you may have heard of structured cabling. Structured cabling is a fairly technical term so its benefits aren’t clear right off the bat—but essentially, structured cabling is a telecommunications cabling infrastructure compromised of smaller, standardized elements. This has a big appeal to many business owners looking to upgrade their facility. Let’s take a look at what advantages structured cabling can offer.
What is Structured Cabling?
Structured cabling is made up of a few key elements: a telecommunications room, horizontal cabling, and an equipment outlet are the pieces that make up the system. The telecommunications room acts as a centralized hub, where the horizontal (or lateral, same-floor) cabling connects. That cabling is then extended from a patch panel to the equipment outlet, which is a jack on the wall, ceiling, or in a floor box, that offers connectivity to multiple IP devices. In larger structured cabling systems, there’s also backbone cabling which serves to connect multiple telecommunications rooms or multiple floors up and down a building. It becomes the “data highway” for all your equipment and IT needs. Every IP device is then connected to those patch panels. In the end, you’re left with a clean well-labeled cable system that makes problem-solving easier in the future and allows for maximum efficiency.
Why Use It?
One of the worst problems to have to deal with is a cluttered cable infrastructure. It makes it difficult to determine problems, train new employees, or swap out devices when they become obsolete—but structured cabling addresses all of these problems. Additionally, in office spaces, it makes it much easier to restructure spaces or even just move a desk around, which is a big deal in terms of having an accessible working space. Example: I want to keep my phone and extension number even though I have moved offices. Lastly, structured cabling goes a long way in just making a space look cleaner and more professional.
Get in Touch with FiberPlus
FiberPlus has been providing data communication solutions for over 25 years in the Mid Atlantic Region for a number of different markets. What began as a cable installation company for Local Area Networks has grown into a leading provider of innovative technology solutions improving the way our customers communicate and keeping them secure. Our solutions now include:
- Structured Cabling (Fiberoptic, Copper and Coax for inside and outside plant networks)
- Electronic Security Systems (Access Control & CCTV Solutions)
- Wireless Access Point installations
- Public Safety DAS – Emergency Call Stations
- Audio/Video Services (Intercoms and Display Monitors)
- Support Services
- Specialty Systems
- Design/Build Services
FiberPlus promises the communities in which we serve that we will continue to expand and evolve as new technology is introduced within the telecommunications industry.
Have any questions? Interested in one of our services? Call FiberPlus today 800-394-3301, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our contact page. Our offices are located in the Washington, DC metro area, Richmond, VA, and Columbus, OH. In Pennsylvania, please call Pennsylvania Networks, Inc. at 814-259-3999.