What Is Structured Cabling?

What is structured cabling? Structured cabling is the design and installation of a cabling system that should be ready for today’s and the future’s hardware requirements. Bluewire applies this belief to all our projects. When we assess a current infrastructure, we will bring attention to outdated equipment that is either cluttering or bottlenecking your system.

For new builds of cabling infrastructures, we have the growth of your business in the forefront of our design plans. This means that in a Bluewire designed and installed cabling system, they are capable of additional cable runs while keeping costs minimal because of the planning of extra conduits, larger cable trays, and other equipment in the initial construction.

 

What is Structured Cabling in Canada?

Structured cabling runs throughout almost every building. Whether it be a residential building like a wooden low-rise condo, or a concrete high-rise apartment. Or a metal foundry factory floor to a multi level tilt-up office building. Structured cabling runs throughout a building just like electrical lines that runs in conduits to bring power to every computer or console within a business.

Structured cabling connects the telecommunication room with the rest of the building, bringing data directly to devices that a wireless signal can not reach or is not reliable enough.

Structured cabling is not limited to only data though, it can also connect your telephone system together as well as connecting your security system. Structured cabling encompasses surveillance equipment lines that also run to every security point of a building, like your surveillance cameras, security alarms and access control points. Every new business that opens and sets up an office or warehouse, structured cabling enables it to be connected throughout the building and to the world.

 

How It Works

Structured cabling is the physical cabling of a building, with usually copper wiring encased in a plastic jacket. The first step in installing a structured cabling system in a building, is to design a layout where there is a central telecommunications room where all the network equipment will live in a rack or cabinet. The telecommunications room should be centrally located so all cabling that runs out of the room will reach all the locations with a planned data outlet for a workstation or machinery.

The ANSI/TIA standard of 100m for each cable run length is a factor in determining the central point of a telecommunications room. After a central location is determined, cable management equipment (trays, j-hooks, straps) is installed to create an efficient pathway to the end point devices and to the telecommunication rooms. The cables are pulled through this equipment and dressed with Velcro to keep things tidy, and each end point is terminated with a jack module so devices can plug into the ends.

Once the cables have been terminated, the end point where devices are to be plugged in, they are finished off with a wall plate or encasement to protect the termination. The terminations in the telecommunications room is mounted on a patch panel where the network devices can be plugged in.

 

What is Structured Cabling Systems?

A structured cabling system involves a lot more than just the copper wiring that runs above the ceiling tiles and down the wall behind the drywall. A structured cabling system includes all the peripheral equipment that help secure and transport the cable throughout a space. Also, the cabinets or racks that organize and arrange all the network devices in a server room, is part of the structured cabling system.

A structured cabling system starts from the centrally located telecommunications room, where an appropriate server enclosure is determined on the needs of the end use and size of network. If it is a full-sized cabinet that is to house many components, then the rack will be secured to the ground and leveled before anything else.

Next is to install all the support system for a cable tray to aid in carrying the weight of the cables flowing into the server rack. A ground wire will also be installed at this point to ground the server rack and tray, to prevent any electrical surges. Out from the telecommunications room a pathway is designed and created with a series of J-Hooks, cable tray, and/or conduits to bring the cabling to their destinations. Lastly the small peripherals like jacks, entry boxes, and wall plates finish off the structured cabling system at the point of

 

Common Questions

A common question about structured cabling is, how far can a copper cable go?

The answer to this is that according to the ANSI/TIA standard is 100 metres or 300 feet. This is the standard that we adhere to as that is the limit that is applicable to a warranty to the performance and installation of the cable. Any distance beyond this point, the cable will not be performing optimally and issues to data transmission can occur.

Another question about structured cabling is, why not just have everything wireless?

As it would be nice to limit the amount of cables and cords that we are attached to these days, the answer is that it is just not viable in every situation. Wireless signals can be easily blocked by an object like a wall that will either create a weak signal or completely cut off the signal. Also, the reliability and security of a hard-wired method of a data transmission is far superior to a wireless signal. It can be incredibly frustrating to have a critical email file transmission consistently fail due to a weak wireless signal.

 

STRUCTURED CABLING SERVICES

We are structured cabling specialists, specializing in high performance cabling systems that can meet and exceed today’s needs for active and engaged network systems. We believe in building innovative solutions to meet our client’s needs for today with room to grow in the future.

We are proud of our client care and quality of workmanship. All our cable runs are dressed, terminated and labelled. Ask us about our premium cabling  that comes with a limited 25-year manufacture’s warranty.

Our recommended brands include Panduit, Superior Essex and Wirewerks.

 

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