The integrity of every network depends on the quality of its structured cabling. However, many do not understand how crucial this is. IT managers are often satisfied with the status quo. Some believe other aspects should receive greater priority over cabling. Unfortunately, only after cables are installed is it discovered that devices are unable to connect or run very slowly. Moreover, fixing the problems can be quite expensive if corners were cut during installation.

The quality of cabling is a key factor in the effectiveness of network infrastructure. Due to trimmed budgets, cheap and outdated equipment is often installed as it’s thought it will be good enough, rather than adhering to the most current cabling standards. When this occurs, there will typically be network failures, and users will be unable to connect or suffer latencies. PoE (Power over Ethernet) devices will be unable to function reliably or at all sometimes.

Structured Cabling Basics

During the early days, IT staff improvised, creatively using equipment that was available for building data racks and keeping PCs running. Cabling was thought of merely as the tools for connecting machines.

Nowadays, much of technology is IP based. This includes telephone systems, network devices, and electronic security equipment. As a result, the demand for data has grown dramatically, making the data dependability even more crucial.

Although most of us are aware that we shouldn’t use outdated software and hardware, cables seems to often get a pass. However, cabling is one of the most important features of every network. Older cabling may decrease the efficiency of how systems run, and any advantage from implementing advanced hardware and software may be lost.

Structured cabling is a reference to the standardization of communications cabling infrastructure for supporting network components. Drafted by the EIA/TIA TR-42 committee, the industry standard for structured cabling is a voluntary standard based on the input of many professionals in the networking industry.

Part 2 will discuss the Four Key Advantages of structured cabling.

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