What is structured cabling and why should you care?
By HTC Communications, LLC – Cleveland/Arkon/ North East Ohio
Engineers, construction workers and other individuals involved in the intelligent building industry are increasingly recognizing the importance of fiber optic and copper structured cabling infrastructure in design implementation. But, why should everyone understand something that seems so complex? Well, because we all want to be connected and be connected faster.
We love to bang the side of our computers and let out a deep sigh when things are just not moving fast enough and that darn page is not loading! Sometimes this is hardware and others it the quality and performance of your network design. Since day one, IT managers, business owners, and people like you have inundated us with the problems they have encountered in installed networks that have resulted in unreliable networks and sometimes, complete network collapse. The good news is we can always help them, the bad news is that more times than not our customer already replaced thousands of dollars in equipment and hardware.
So, now that I might have proven why you should learn a small portion of WHY you might want to listen… let’s move on to “what the heck am I talking about”.
Pictures of your desk: Look familiar? Good.
Picture of your home wireless network: Hopefully this looks accurate. – If not, call us!
Many experts will probably disagree that I am comparing a business network to a residential – but, my thinking is that if you can think of every device, computer, gaming platform, DVD player, tablet, etc. having to be connected in some form – probably WiFi (Wireless) then imagining all those same devises having to be hardwired together should not be a huge jump. Hopefully, you are imagining a million wires all over your home, falling out of ceilings and closets… you probably would have no room for anything else but wires! And, what use would a laptop, smartphone or tablet be if your home had to run like a company handling massive amounts of personal and secure data???
If you are at work, look around… where are all the cables??? If your company had a professional design and install your structured cabling infrastructure – you most likely do not see any. A great installer is your first defense on saving money in the long-run on IT issues, equipment issues, and data loss. Also, did you know that every crimp on a cable can be damaging to an entire network? Yes, this is the truth. Just look at all the tiny fibers that make up each cable.
In closing, I hope that this beginner post helped introduce the idea of a STRUCTURED CABLE NETWORK!
The HTC Communications, LLC Family http://www.htcohio.com