Just about every industry out there benefits from updated telecommunications technology. Even if your business isn’t big enough to require a robust internal network, you still likely worth with clients or customers who need to have a seamless experience when using your website or communicating online. Striking the balance between effective performance and low maintenance, all while keeping costs from piling up, may seem like an impossible task. Structured cabling is a means of getting all of your communications needs, from telephone networks to your Internet, up and running—but why are businesses turning to structured cabling over traditional point-to-point systems?
But What Is Structured Cabling?
First, we want to take a look at a technical explanation of what structured cabling is and how it may differ from traditional options. Structured cabling systems (SCS) are collectively cabling systems that support multiple technology uses that functions for modern needs. This means designers and installers do not have to have knowledge in advance of how a cable will be used because all cables are installed, supported, terminated, and tested in the same way. This also means there’s no difference in how those cables are utilized, whether for voice, data, Wireless Access Points, surveillance systems, or Audio/Visual use. This is all possible thanks to the fact that SCS design and installation is governed by a set of standards that have specifics regarding communications wiring. With that in mind, what are the practical benefits of using a structured cabling system over other, traditional options?
1. Easy Management
In the past, we’ve had to rely on all kinds of different cables to get the job done. Between phone cables, Ethernet patches, and ISDN wiring, you’d need to troubleshoot all of these independently and it requires much more hands on deck to operate. Structured cabling allows for management to take place without disruption of any networks and in a faster, much more efficient way.
2. Return on Investment
By unifying your networking structure, you’re able to reduce needs for stressful updates that could cause costly periods of downtime. Not only are systems with structured cabling easier to manage, but that ease of use translates into a return on investment that can add up over time.
3. Prepare for Expansion
Taking advantage of structured cabling makes for higher bandwidth, allowing you to easily expand further down the line if you decide to make a big investment in something like video conferencing infrastructure. These kinds of cables are also intended for long term use, meaning your cables won’t fail on you suddenly and leave you without your precious network.
4. Less Clutter
Compared to the mess that traditional cables make (even if you have pristine cable management and everything is kept together with cable ties), structured cabling offers a cleaner, less cluttered aesthetic. Aesthetics may not seem like the name of the game when it comes to your business, but this also means fewer people tripping on cables or things not being labeled clearly and properly. The clean look of structured cabling is efficient, but there’s always the added benefit of having a set up that appears professional and thoroughly planned out.
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.