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Structured Cabling

Structured cabling simplifies moves, adds, and changes within the building while minimizing disruption to day-to-day activities. It forms the foundation for all IT networks in commercial buildings while providing flexibility in accommodating changes in technology over time.

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Types of Structured Cabling

Two types of structured cabling systems are commonly used for commercial buildings:

Category 5e (Cat5e) is generally suitable for most businesses, as it supports up to 1,000Mbps for short distances. Category 6 (Cat6) offers higher speeds but is more expensive. It’s important to select the right type of cable for your business’s needs, as the wrong type may not support your current technology or be compatible with future upgrades.

Choosing the Right Structured Cabling System

There are several factors to consider before choosing a structured cabling system for your business. You should determine the type of network you need (local area network or wide area network), the types of cable and connectors you’ll be using, and whether your structure requires extra shielding or protection.

Below are some other factors to consider:

  • The size of the building
  • The distance between components in the network
  • The current and future needs of the business
  • Your budget

Benefits of Structured Cabling

Structured cabling makes adding new technological components to an existing system easier, allowing businesses to keep up with industry trends without completely overhauling their current setup once there’s a new development. Additional benefits include:

  • Lower overall costs due to standardized cabling
  • Reduced maintenance costs by ensuring cables are properly labeled and organized
  • Increased productivity due to fewer shutdowns and repairs
  • Improved security due to better control of changes in the system
  • Flexibility to accommodate future changes in technology

Ready to Install a Structured Cabling System in Your Building?

As experts in the field, STI can install your cabling system following industry standards. We can also provide maintenance services to ensure that it’s functioning properly and ready for future changes or upgrades. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!