WHAT IS STRUCTURED CABLING? Whether at home or at work, more and more electronic devices are essential to our activities. But now, most of these devices must have a power supply, not to mention that many must also be connected to the internet or a local network. This means that we often end up with veritable rivers of intertwined wires and cables which are not only unsightly but can also be the source of various problems.
Fortunately, the solution to this tangle of wires exists! This is structured cabling.
The Definition of Structured Cabling
The simplest way to define the concept of structured cabling is to describe it as a mode of installation of a wired network (also called a physical network), aiming at an optimal assembly, organization and distribution of wires and cables in a building.
This concept can therefore be applied as much to power supply cables as to those used for data sharing. However, to be able to speak of structured cabling, the characteristics of the installation may have to meet certain standards.
This configuration of the wired connections can also target an interconnection of different rooms of a residence or a business which shares the same data sources. To do this, the data centres can be linked together by patch panels, which will be connected to a distribution centre through the walls and ceilings. This distribution centre consists of a sort of control panel from which it is possible to manage the entire structured cabling network.
Generally speaking, the establishment of a structured cabling network involves the installation of a bundle of cables which can be twisted pair cables, coaxial cables or some optical cables, as required.
Different benefits of structured cabling
There are several reasons that individuals and businesses may choose structured cabling. Here are some examples.
A MORE AESTHETIC AND USER-FRIENDLY NETWORK
With structured cabling, there are no more tangles of wires that ruin your decor and complicate household maintenance. Once the installation is complete, all the wires relating to the same source are connected together and their length is adjusted, which reduces the volume occupied by the wiring to a minimum.
IMPROVED WIRED NETWORK PERFORMANCE
An optimal structure of the cabling makes it possible to improve the flow of information and data which circulates in the cables. Structured cabling is therefore synonymous with a faster computer network that provides users with a better multimedia experience. For example, after installing structured cabling, you may notice an increase in the download speed of videos and images, as well as improved image and sound quality.
IF THERE IS A PROBLEM, IT IS MUCH EASIER TO IDENTIFY
In a disorganized pile of cables, finding and solving a connection problem can quickly become a real headache. On the other hand, in the event of an electronic problem related to the cables or the connections, it will be much easier to identify the source of it and to solve it if the wiring is structured.
GREATER FLEXIBILITY AND AVAILABILITY OF THE PHYSICAL NETWORK
As structured cabling is generally able to support various types of electronic devices (spotlights,televisions,Audio DACs, etc.), it offers the ability to easily add new devices to the network when desired. This advantage is very important for companies that are growing.
INCREASED NETWORK SECURITY
Thanks to the simplified management of all wired connections via the distribution centre, the installation of structured cabling will also improve network security.
Setting up structured cabling should be done by experts
Now that you have a better understanding of what structured cabling is and what its benefits are, you may be interested in implementing such a system in your home or business. If this is the case, know that it is essential to entrust the installation of structured cabling to professionals.
The reason is that structured cabling experts are like architects. Only they will be able to maximize the potential of your electronic environment and choose the best cables and connections according to your needs.
In this sense, for structured cabling worthy of the name, do not hesitate to Contact us. At Fillion Electronics, our installation specialists are masters in the art of optimizing wired networks in order to provide you with the best performance, greater flexibility and increased longevity.