What is Structured Cabling in an IT networking environment?
Structured cabling is tidy and orderly (as opposed to being a heap of tangled wires, which is all too common!) It follows the regulations and standards for commercial cabling, allowing greater safety, security, efficiency, and futureproofing.
Computers, desktop VoIP phones, data centres, and security systems all need a connection! Structured cabling is the system of cables, wires, and other hardware that connects all your communication systems into one cohesive unit. From the telecom room to your computer, structured cabling is carefully designed for reliable, high-speed connectivity and data transfer.
When it comes to network cables, you want to be sure the infrastructure you assemble aligns with your long-term voice and data goals. For example, if you plan to implement a VoIP solution, you’ll want to run Cat5e or Cat6 cables. Additionally, no matter how large your business is, you’re bound to need multiple cables that connect all your equipment. And even if you plan on switching to a fully wireless network, you will still need structured cabling.The cables and associated technology that you choose is imperative for ensuring your organization continues its rapid growth.
Structured cabling helps organize and manage your network and low-voltage cabling. It consists of several different components, including:
Cable Trays and Raceways
Each of these components works together to create a tidy and efficient network. Structured cabling systems consist of overhead raceways and cable-tracks or underground conduits that are used to route the cables. This type of system is often used in commercial buildings and SMEs, as it helps to keep the cables organized and out of sight.
Structured cabling can also be used in homes and is becoming more common in new home construction.