In today’s Internet of Things world, high-speed network connectivity is the lifeline to run any business size. Despite immense wireless connectivity improvement, we still can’t achieve a better range of coverage, efficiency in speed, and confidential transactions. Physical network connectivity always wins in terms of all aspects compared to wireless, and even wireless gets its source from network cabling systems. Structured Cabling is a critical component in ensuring robust business network connectivity.
What is Structured Cabling?
Structured Cabling connects every Internet outlet in a building with the Main Distribution Frame (MDF), involving a series of Intermediary Distribution Frame (IDF) and many additional small components in the network path. Main Distribution Frame distributes all the network facilities to the whole building with cables and other parts. It ensures the building is connected within itself for ethernet.
Structured Cabling comprises the following subsystems.
Demarcation Point is also known as the entrance facility where the building’s internal network connects with the outside world network, most commonly known as the internet. Internet Service Provider’s wire or Campus network’s wire will be terminated here; also any physical protection devices such as surge protectors, firewalls, Intrusion, and outsider detection systems are installed here.
Main Distribution Frame:
Main Distribution Frame predominantly holds Network devices which usually splits the available network facilities to the Intermediate Distribution Frames. Also, it acts as a bridge between the Demarcation point and all other Intermediate Distribution Frames, and they are interconnected with each other via MDF.
Intermediate Distribution Frame:
An IDF room has distribution frames having telecom equipment powered by MDF’s network facilities, Patch panels, UPS, Power Distribution Units. IDF’s prominent role is to act as a bridge between work area internet outlets to MDF, and it patches all the horizontal cables from the floor with the network switch using patch cords.
Backbone cabling connects all the MDF’s, IDF’s and demarcation points, and these are the crucial bloodlines making the building connected. They usually run between floors or buildings at times on a campus network system. Fiber optic cable is the most commonly used backbone cable because of its impeccable records; no other cable type cannot beat its efficiency.
Horizontal cabling connects all the Internet outlets on the floor with the IDF, the most commonly used cable type Copper Category 6 cable. Horizontal cables are run with the help of cable trays, J-Hooks, conduits, raised floor, and raceway.
Why Structured Cabling is important?
Old School Point to point cabling system is unfit for the modern network requirements and in case of a troubleshoot it creates havoc. Structured Cabling is an easy way of organized cables with the proper route map and traceability in case of a sudden downturn. It creates a huge return on investment during the times of least downtime in a manufacturing facility or a service-based company.
Efficient cabling infrastructures do not require a big team of IT technicians and professionals, which saves a lot of money. Primary troubleshoot techniques can be carried out by the employees themselves before hiring a technician. Finding the source of the issue is easy with properly Structured Cabling documentation.
When your Internet stops, employee’s work also stops. In an unorganized network environment, it will be a tough job to locate the problem, and repairing the issue is will take a lot of time which directly translates into negative employee work efficiency. With Structured Cabling, we will never lose money on any significant downtime affecting employee’s adaptability and customer’s expectation.
Move, Add or Change Flexibility
Many organizations often undergo moving, adding, or changing their operating structure to meet the new business demands. That ultimately saves your team on installation, upgrade, and maintenance time, so they can focus on more critical tasks.
What do we do at VSSi?
Structured cabling projects without prior planning and expert supervision may end up creating future troubles. Moving into a new office space or renovation of the existing one is a daunting task and coordinating with many people and things is not a cakewalk. VSSi will work with you to design what you need regarding voice and data networks, wireless access points, internet connection, fax lines, and Audio-Visual systems. We have developed a brilliant 28-point questionnaire covering all your cabling needs, including the components’ color and aesthetics. After that, we will provide you with a Telecommunication design package that can be used for the bidding process. It paves the way for easy comparison between contractors for the same configuration of work.
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