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Structured cabling lies at the very heart of your organization's ability to fully harness the capability of its communications systems and people.

Structured cabling is a 'standard-based’ method of engineering and installing an integrated data, voice and video cabling system for your business. A properly designed and installed structured cabling system provides you with a cabling infrastructure that delivers predictable performance as well as flexibility to accommodate growth and change over an extended period of time.

Additionally, a structured cabling system provides a uniform, open physical cabling topology that can simultaneously support multiple logical networking topologies for different applications such as Ethernet, token-ring, ATM or video.

The Structured Cabling Scheme is the 'glue' that links everything together - from voice to data and Internet access services, to video/multimedia and network services, such as ISDN, ADSL, WAN and LAN. As a result structured cabling will:

  • Handle voice and data in any format including computer applications - just plug the appropriate adapter into any socket and get started.
  • Deliver quality performance and reliability thanks to 'best of breed' components from leading suppliers
  • Adapt easily to rapid change, by reducing the need for scarce and costly expertise.

With a Structured Cabling scheme, you can make moves and changes yourself, in a matter of minutes.

Whether it's an individual changing desks or an entire department restructuring and moving to another floor, the employees simply plug into their new positions and are ready to get back to work right away.

The right infrastructure comprising of network products and structured cabling will allow you to support your communications requirements and take advantage of developments in VoIP technology.

Your initial investment in a 'standard-based’ structured cabling system will return many benefits including an extended operational lifespan, predictable performance, manageability and growth. These benefits bring increased efficiency, improved productivity and reduced costs.

Standards

Domestic and international standard organizations have been formed to ensure that manufactured products meet certain quality, safety and performance 'norms' for that category and class of product. Standard organizations such as ISO/IEC, TIA/EIA, CENELEC and CSA have created and published standards for structured cabling components and systems, and their specifications for Category 5, Category 5e and Category 6 systems are widely used and accepted in the industry today.

For the network manager, the challenge will be in selecting a structured cabling system that will meet both current and future needs. Whether those needs indicate the use of Category 5, Category 5e or Category 6 systems, network managers should look for systems that not only meet but exceed the specifications of each respective standard, thereby providing additional performance margins to accommodate the evolution of ever more demanding networking needs.

Standards compliance is not enough

The value of selecting standards-compliant structured cabling components is clear; however, specifying standards-compliant components does not automatically guarantee that these components, once integrated into an end-to-end cabling system, will result in a standards-compliant system. This is true for many reasons:

Not all products claiming standards-compliance are created equal. There may be significant performance differences. A series of marginally compliant, unmatched components may not be capable of working together to deliver the performance that your network demands.

The interaction of unmatched components may limit or impair end-to-end system performance. In other words, a disparate group of Category 5, Category 5e or Category 6 compliant components may not result in a standards-compliant system. In fact, it is possible to create a system whose overall performance will be worse than the performance of the weakest component. It doesn’t average out - it actually gets worse!

The surest solution to this standard conundrum is to select a structured cabling system that is composed of components that have been designed and engineered to work together as an integrated system. Convergix can help you do this from the needs analysis to the system acceptance, passing through RFP/RFQ preparation, tenders coordination, supplier selection, implementation supervision and functionality testing.

 

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