[Q] What is structured cabling?
[A] Structured cabling is a communications infastrycture consisting of several smaller elements referred to as subsystems.
Structured cabling falls into five specific subsystems:
Demarcation Point - The point where the communications company connects to the on-site wiring for the network, usually in the server room or designated equipment access area.
Equipment or server room - The location within the physical premises where the primary server equipment, switches and network storage is located. The size and scope of this can vary greatly based on system requirements and number of users.
Vertical or riser cabling - In many cases, connectivity is established between different rooms and in many cases different floors. Cabling is often guided using a raceway or some form of conduit.
Horizontal Wiring - Connects telecommunications rooms to individual faceplate connections on the floor. This would be the locations where workstations are plugged in to the network.
Work Area Components - The patch cables that connect each workstation to the faceplate connections in a given work area.
There are different opinions regarding the quality and cable type that will be used in each subsystem. It is generally considered best practice to use the fastest grade of cable that the budget will allow, and to use that grade of cabling for each piece used in the network. Remember, your network will operate at the speed of the slowest device, and this includes the cabling.
During the planning stages of any network it is important to strongly consider the initial investment that will be made in the cabling. It is likely that there will not be any upgrades made to the cabling in the immediate future, so there is not much point in skimping on the front end. Make the right choice in your initial investment..
The difference in performance will be noticed in everything you do.
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