Network Distribution Systems
Network Cabling Explained
Choosing the right structured cable components for your network distribution, installing it properly and verifying compliance (testing) with the necessary standards is the key to getting the most out of your network investment. Taking a casual attitude towards the design or installation of your infrastructure could cost you dearly in long term troubleshooting and downtime. At CUC, we understand the seriousness of downtime, having sluggish response time, or impaired data transmissions.
With unmatched design and engineering qualifications, we have the expertise to design and install copper and fiber cabling solutions for backbone and horizontal distribution, wireless communication and microwave systems. CUC will work closely with you to align you with the current bandwidth requirements, whether you are upgrading existing wiring or implementing a new system from the ground up. CUC also has the technical knowledge, superior products and the installation experience required for your network to operate at peak efficiency and reliability.
CUC was one of the first companies to offer Level 5 cabling testing in our service area. Our testing equipment is continually upgraded and calibrated. CUC certifies every cable drop we install. With copper-based systems, for instance, CUC can provide a written report showing each pair’s NEXT, attenuation, ambient noise level, cable length and continuity, STP shield continuity, crossed pairs, time and test date, and cable number.
Whether you are adding one work station or installing a complete network distribution system, CUC has the expertise to support your network cabling requirements. If you are looking for a trouble-free network infrastructure, CUC provides just that.
Photo by Leslie Collier
Photo by Leslie Collier
Photo by Leslie Collier
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Structured Cabling Basics
Businesses, Data centers and network operations rely on a properly mapped and installed cable infrastructure. The basic functions of a cabling system is to to allow data and communications to flow freely. In a lot of data and information technology hubs, structured cabling is the key to keeping communications running smoothly from end to end in a given communication enterprise. While computers and people keep the business running inside the building, structured cabling ensures the means to do so are at an arm’s length reach.
The core principle behind structured cabling installation is to best serve the network in which it is being installed. For instance, even if two call centers do the exact same thing, no two buildings will call for the same job, outlay, type or even amount of cabling. The industry often utilizes local area network mapping, or LAN mapping, to create the basis of the cable network. This allows for facilities on site, as well as main buildings or offices, to be connected across the organization’s network. The primary point of contact for the entire LAN map is the entrance facility.
An entry facility serves as the core hub for a structured cable network. Depending on the type of facility, the structured cable network could either be placed underground, or more commonly, aerially, on poles. Aerial installations cost less and often require much less work than underground installation. This is because the amount of effort it takes to find and dig room for a tunnel to lay the structured cabling is time consuming and cost intensive.
From the entry facility that is home base to the structured cabling network, LAN mapping carries through the facilities of a data network or information hub through backbone cabling. The term backbone comes from the idea that the core rooms and areas of a center need direct access to the entrance facilities. Most commonly, these rooms are telecommunications closets and equipment rooms, as well as some core servers that may serve a more organizational function rather than an operational one.
Backbone cabling includes pathways that guide each cable to various spots inside of a network or center, connecting hardware to allow access from and to each cable, the actual cables themselves, and support tools and facilities that help troubleshoot errors and maintain functionality. The detail behind mapping these LAN layouts and structured cabling jobs is intensive, but commonplace for experts in the field.
Properly designed and installed structured cabling offers data centers, call centers, and other key areas for information technologies the peace of mind that comes with stable connectivity. Rather than aimlessly attempting to keep connect points as needed, a structured cabling job allows experts to use their knowledge to keep every aspect of an organization running smoothly. Without the detailed installation of a structured cabling network, connectivity is more of a hope than a certainty and is costly in the long run.
Properly designed, installed, tested and mapped structured cabling is something that every data center and network operations manager desires, and it is essential to be able to keep up with the crucial elements of operationality.
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