To many people, the intricacies of data cabling requirements, techniques and regulations are unknown. Most clients seeking data cabling services simply look out for the cost of the installation and maybe a general outlay of performance and capabilities. In Australia, data cabling used to be one of the over-regulated, law-ridden and confusing undertakings.
Fortunately, several repeals leading up to 2014 have introduced an easier environment especially for new businesses as well as homes. This has led to the rise in preference of a simpler cabling technique referred to as structured cabling:
A structured data cabling system is a complete system connecting cables and associated hardware into a reliable telecommunications infrastructure. Unlike other data cabling systems, structured cabling is completely device independent. This means that one data cabling installation will be able to handle several data transfer processes such as telephone, internet, and television. In terms of ownership, the structured cabling system begins at the Network Interface Device (NID) or at the end of the service provider.
Variations in Structured Cabling
Every structured data cabling is unique in various aspects. This individual uniqueness arises due to:
- The connecting cables and products used
- The functions necessitating the cabling
- Architectural design of the building housing the data cabling
- Customer preferences
- Warranties associated with various device manufacturers
Despite the unique nature of structured cabling, data cabling standards still apply. This ensures that a properly safe and reliable job is done at all times. Structured cabling structures typically include vertical and horizontal backbone pathways connected with data cables. As suggested by the name backbone, these connect floors and buildings. They are responsible for handling the main traffic within the network.
An entrance facility can either be underground or aerial depending on the customer's desires. Entrance facilities often vary based on aesthetics or building architecture. Together with several other connectors, they make up the beginning of the structured data cabling system.
Before opting for this type of data cabling, every end user as well as electrician installing a structured cabling system must consider several factors. For a start, the intended devices must be put in mind. You must envision both present and future devices that you may require the system to support. Such considerations allow for easier introduction of devices into the system.
The system already in place must also be analyzed. Sometimes, upgrades to an existing data cabling system may be all that is required. Some data cabling systems are difficult to integrate into a structured cabling system. In such instances, a completely new installation may be required. Noting the current system also makes it easy for retrofits and quick patches. These have to be done carefully nonetheless to ensure that they are fully functional within the system and they do not cause problems for the system.