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How to Install Commercial Structured Cabling

by Mario Carmona

Given the continuous growth of many businesses as well as the technological evolution that we have evidenced in commercial settings, most companies need structured cabling. Gone are the times in which we relied on telephone lines alone to operate a business. The arrival of other applications that integrate voice with graphics along with many other functions connected by a commercial structured data cabling system has change the way we do business.

Planning the Installation

The appropriate structured cabling for a business should support current and future applications such as VoIP, PoE, security, wireless, as well as multimedia, voice, and data apps. The minimum life cycle of your system should be anywhere between 15 and 20 years to make the investment worth it. Having a large bandwidth is also a plus. With so many applications needing lots of data flow, the more bandwidth you have, the more prepared you will be to face future challenges as well as to take advantage of applications that may be developed later on.

Which Cable To Choose: Copper Or Fiber?

The best types of cables available today for this purpose are copper and fiber cable. With any of them you will have high-quality data transmission. A commercial electrician will be able to assess which one will work best for your specific network by taking into account the size, cost, current and future apps support, etc., of your system. The electrician may find it beneficial to have a mix of both copper and fiber if that's the best choice for your business. One of the advantages of copper cable is that it is the least expensive option. Copper cable has a great degree of compatibility with pretty much any device. While fiber is more costly, it is also more durable as it can stand weather conditions without the signal becoming damaged. Fiber also offers the possibility of a larger bandwidth, which is a reason to not leave it aside.

Installing Structured Cabling In Your Business

Installation is just as important as the quality of the materials themselves. Reliable electricians are acquainted with the common accepted parameters and standards in this respect. Factors such as applying the appropriate bend radius and not cinching the cables too much nor stapling them will result in a successful structured cabling installation.

Testing The System

Testing a structured cabling system isn't easy, and it requires the proper tools and training. Expert commercial electricians use the crosstalk to measure systems with 10-Gbe, one of the fastest Ethernet standards. Testing optic fiber is easier than testing copper cable as it simply implies measuring how much light arrives to the other end of the cable.

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